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Fingernail Diagnostics: Get a Handle on Your Health

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Fingernail Diagnostics: Get a Handle on Your Health

For signs of health, look no further than your hands.

As early as 400 B.C.E., Hippocrates taught that the nails reflect the condition of the inner body. It is true that abnormalities of the nails can often provide early clues to common medical problems or severe systemic diseases.

Take a few moments and examine your unpolished fingernails under a good light. You will gather a new appreciation for how your lifestyle affects your nails and overall health.

Nails grow at different rates due to age, nutrition, and health factors. Under the best of conditions, a nail grows about .004 inches a day or 1/8 of an inch each month. It takes about six months for a new nail to grow from cuticle to tip.

Use this diagnostic chart to look at and understand the condition of your nails:

Complete loss of nail: Trauma

Nail plate loose: Injury; nail psoriasis; fungal or bacterial infections; medicines; chemotherapy; thyroid disease; Raynaudís phenomenon; lupus.

Wasting away of nails, nail loses luster and becomes smaller: Injury or disease.

Thickened nail plate: Poor circulation; fungal infection; heredity; mild, persistent trauma to the nail.

Pitted nails sometimes with yellow to brown “oil” spots: Eczema or psoriasis; hair loss condition.

Very soft nails: Contact with strong alkali; malnutrition; endocrine problems; chronic arthritis

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Adapted from Natural Hand Care, by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg. Copyright (c) 1998 by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg. Reprinted with permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Natural Hand Care, by Norma Pasekoff Weinberg.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:31AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

Another nail article. Thanks!

3:36PM PST on Nov 25, 2013

Nailed this one - smile

7:26AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

okay, this person has had a french manicure, so. that's not showing how their actual fingernails appear.

8:51PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thank you for info.

8:46PM PDT on Sep 22, 2013

Thank you for info.

2:51AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thank you Annie. :)

11:50AM PDT on Sep 10, 2013

Thank you.

3:59AM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

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5:30AM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

This feels to me that it's an article for the hypochondriac! Thank you nevertheless, as you still spent time and effort in your research. :-)

11:13AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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