Nails : Does the color of your nail reflect your health?

Nails : Does the color of your nail reflect your health?

January 10, 2021

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Have you ever looked at the color or hue of your nail and felt like something was just a little different?  The normal hue of our nails is a pink or mauve color.  This color reflects the translucent quality of the nail plate as a window to the vascular nail bed.  When the color is not pink or mauve, there can be a sign of disease.



Pink/ mauve

Not normal

Green: Green nail syndrome is caused by a bacteria called Pseudomonas.
This bacteria releases a green pigment when trapped under the nail. It
is most common in people that have their hands in water quite a bit as
this is where the bacteria tends to be found..  Although this is not a
harmful condition, it can be unsightly! It can be treated with vinegar

Yellow/ orange: Nails tend to turn yellow with no thickening when
stained by darker shades of nail polish. Some of the darker dyes in
these colors can stain the nails directly.

If there is thickening of the nail plate along with the yellowish
color and some lifting of the nail plate with debris underneath, the
early signs of a fungal infection are likely present.

One more cause of yellow thickening of the nails with excess curvature
is excess swelling in the extremities.

Black streaks, lines need to be checked by your dermatologist as
Melanoma under the nail plate can present in this manner.

White nails: think about liver disorders such as hepatitis. See your
doctor to have blood work checked

Blue nails: think lack of oxygen: lung problems such as emphysema or
heart problems. See your doctor to check your oxygen levels with a
pulse oximeter

Another color to remember is red! Red lunulae (the half moon at the
base of the nail) are associated with many internal diseases such as
autoimmune conditions, copd, heart failure, carbon monoxide poisoning,
cirrhosis. See your doctor to have blood work checked.



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