While changes in your nails can be easy to overlook, it’s vital that you monitor them and get them checked out as soon as possible. These changes can be some of the first and most important indicators of nail diseases or more pressing health conditions. If caught early, these problems can usually be addressed quickly and easily.
Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of Windermere, FL is dedicated to providing our clients with the resources they need to identify possible signs of nail disease. Contact us today to schedule your nail health consultation appointment.
Changes in Pliability
If a nail can be described as pliable, it must be easy to bend or break. Brittle or flexible nails can be a sign of iron deficiency, as well as thyroid and kidney problems.
If your nails have gone in the opposite direction and are thicker than usual, this change could be an indicator of circulation problems.
Changes in Color of Nail or Nail Bed
Variations in the color of your nail or nail bed are some of the most tell-tale signs of a greater internal problem or nail disease.
Yellowing of the nail bed can be an indicator of diabetes, as well as liver and lymphatic system disorders.
If your nail or nail bed has become brown or copper in color, you may have one of the most common nail diseases: a fungal infection. About 50% of all nail disorders are caused by these infections. It’s important you see a healthcare provider before self-diagnosing a fungal infection, as this discoloration can also be caused by minor nail dystrophy.
Dark colored streaks are sometimes a sign of melanoma. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, but it can usually be treated successfully if it’s caught early in its development.
White lines across the nail are referred to as Mees’ lines or Muehrcke’s lines, and can be indicators of greater underlying conditions.
A red nail bed can be caused by a heart condition.
Change in Shape or Texture
Because shifts in the shape or texture of the nails are rarely caused by external factors, they are often signs of a greater medical condition.
Nail clubbing, or the curving of nails around the fingertips, is often a sign of oxygen deprivation. It can also be an indicator of heart, liver, or lung disease.
Koilonychia, or nail spooning, is associated with B12 or iron deficiency.
Depression on the surface of the finger or toenails is a common sign of psoriasis.
If you suspect that any changes in the appearance of your nails could be signs of a greater condition, seeing a nail disease specialist is your best bet at getting effective, professional treatment. Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is proud to help our patients in the Windermere, FL area resolve their nail conditions. Contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment.