By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
Changes in the fingernails can indicate everything from heart disease to thyroid problems and malnutrition. Here are some nail conditions that might require medical attention.
1. Nail Separates from Nail Bed
What it looks like: Fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed.
- Injury or infection
- Thyroid disease
- Drug reactions (Top 6 Medication Problems)
- Reactions to nail hardeners
2. Yellow Nails
What it looks like: Yellow discoloration in the fingernails. Nails thicken and new growth slows. Nails may lack a cuticle and may detach from the nail bed.
- Respiratory conditions, such as chronic bronchitis
- Swelling of the hands (lymphedema)
Fingernails: 5 Signs That Point to Bigger Health Problems originally appeared on AgingCare.com