This Is What Your Fingernails Are Warning You About: Organ Failure, Inflammation, or Worse

It may not spring in your mind often, however, fingernails are very important for your health and there is a big connection between your fingernails and diseases. Actually, fingernails can give significant warnings and signal the presence of a lot of diseases.

What you can do is look carefully at your nails and inspect the curves, dips, ridges and grooves. Also, inspect how thick or thin they are, or if they are broken or chipped. Check them in color too, together with the skin surrounding it and the skin underneath. They can all tell you different things. If you want to know more, keep reading.

Fingernails Warning Signs

1. Clubbed Nails

Clubbed nails are those which are puffed around the fingers. Also, the skin around the nail might seem swollen. These can indicate:

Liver Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Lung disease, especially if you already have trouble breathing

2. Dry, Brittle Nails

Usually, brittle nails are connected with bacterial infections and hormone imbalance. Also:

Thyroid disease can lead to brittle and dry fingernails.

Fungus too makes nails dry or even crumbly, which affects 12% of all Americans.

3. Ridges

Healthy nails should have smooth surfaces with invisible lines. Ridge lines can be a warning of conditions like:


Iron Deficiency

Inflammatory Arthritis

Instead of buffing away the ridges, look for the underlying cause.

4. Pitted Nails

If you have small dips in the nails it might mean that you have caused them by banging them or you have a health problem like:

Zinc deficiency

Alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss

Connective tissue disorder


5. Concave (Spoon Nails)

Nails like these curve up and form a dip. They can also indicate a lot of issues, like:


Heart Disease

Hemachromatosis, a liver disorder where your body absorbs too much iron

Iron deficiency

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