Your fingernails – composed of laminated layers of the protein keratin – are horn-like envelopes covering the tips of the fingers and toes. Healthy nails are smooth, without splits, divots or grooves. They’re uniform in color and consistently free of spots and discoloration. Look at your nails right now – what do you see? Are your cuticles dry or flaky? Do your nails differ in color or are brittle? Though you could easily fix some of these issues in a matter of minutes with a nail file or clipper, these are signs of poor nail health and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
To most women, nails are often regarded as an accessory or aesthetic feature. More than $770 million dollars a year is spent annually on nail polish in the U.S. alone. Crazy! You know the shape, texture and color of your unpolished nails act as a window into your body? While some nail symptoms are harmless, others can be indicative of chronic diseases, including some cancers. As noted by the American Academy of Dermatology (ADD): “Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes.”
Here are some tips of how to grow stronger and healthier nails:
If you notice any significant changes in your nails, including swelling, discoloration or changes in shape or thickness, it’s best to contact your doctor or dermatologist. It could be nothing, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Remember to be kind to your nails – they’re fragile!
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