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Your fingernails say a lot about your health! 

White Spots- a common thought is that these white spots are from a calcium deficiency, but these spots actually occur from trauma to the nail and will grow out as your nails grow. It can also be from a fungal infection so try using tea tree oil.

Brittle Nails- this problem is caused by a dry nail plate. Dishwashing (without using gloves) or swimming can cause your nails to become brittle. It can also occur because of hyperthyroidism. Try using a lubricant after your hands have been in the water for a long time…if brittle nails persist, check your TSH levels.

Yellow Nails- the change in color of your nails can be a sign of diseases, such as diabetes and bronchitis

Lifting Nails- this is when your nail separates from the nail bed. This is due to irritation or overexposure to water. Seek a medical professional opinion and try to keep your hands dry as much as possible.

Vertical Ridges- these lines running along your nails are completely normal. They are actually just a sign of aging. Always keep your nails and cuticles moisturized.

Spoon Nails- if your fingernails are curving up, check your hemoglobin levels. This is a sign of an iron deficiency called anemia. Food supplements of iron will help…but also check for liver disease, heart disease, and hyperthyroidism.

Clubbing- this is when your nails appear softer and the tips of the nails hang over the tip of your finger. This might be the sign of lung disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cardiovascular disease, AIDS, and liver disease.

So take a close look at your nails today. Regular use of nail polish and acetone is not recommended if you want to keep your nails healthy.

Stay blessed with good health…always!!!

Warm regards,

Charmaine D’Souza

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