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Fingernail Diagnostics: Get a Handle on Your Health

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Spoon-shaped nails: Iron deficiency; thyroid disease.

Club-like nails growing around swollen finger ends: Chronic respiratory or heart problems; cirrhosis of the liver.

Horizontal ridges: Injury; infection; nutrition.

Longitudinal ridges: Aging, poor absorption of vitamins and minerals; thyroid disease; kidney failure.

Brittle, split nails: Nail dryness; nails in contact with irritating substances (detergents, chemicals, polish remover); silica deficiency.

Infected nails (red, tender, swollen, pus): Bacterial or yeast infection.

Overlarge moons: Overactive thyroid; genetics; self-induced trauma (habit tick).

No moons: Underactive thyroid; genetics.

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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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9:21AM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Thank You For info

9:38AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Thank You So much... nice doin

12:19AM PDT on May 13, 2014

Thank You So much For Such A Great Article

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.

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