You can learn a lot about your health just by looking at your nails, and there are some red flags that you shouldn’t ignore. If you experience your nails changing color or texture, you may have an underlying health problem. Get to know these 15 symptoms so that you know when you should talk to your doctor.
15. White Spots and Stripes
White stripes or spots are often the results of nail trauma, such as when you accidentally bend it backward, but if you notice frequent unexplainable white spots or stripes, you may have zinc, calcium, and/or protein deficiency. Fortunately, you can fix it by eating a nutrient-rich diet. White marks on your nails may also mean that your nails are dry, which can be prevented by using acetone-free nail polish remover.
14. Black Spots and Stripes
Dark spots or lines often indicate some sort of medical condition, and since they typically don’t hurt, most people ignore them. However, it could mean that your body is producing an excess amount of melanin. It can also indicate a fungal infection underneath the nail. Therefore, it’s best to consult with your doctor if you see these spots as it could mean that you have psoriasis or even melanoma, which is a type of aggressive skin cancer.
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