Your finger and nails are fun to paint, but they can also tell you about undiagnosed medical problems. Just like with your skin, changes in the nails can reveal health problems ranging from nutrients that are lacking in your diet to the early stages of more serious problems, such as cardiovascular disease. In fact, the examination of nails and nails is a standard part of a visit to the dermatologist.
"What you look at is the shape of the nails, the surface of the nails and their color," says Ella Toombs, MD, a Washington DC-based dermatologist. Fading and thickening could reveal deeper problems such as that liver and kidney disease, anemia or diabetes, according to the American Academy of Dermatology
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Here are eight things your nails can say about your health. Remember: If you are worried about the changes you have noticed, make an appointment with your doctor.