lunula, which is the white half moon-like shape at the base of your fingers.
If you notice that these symptoms have developed on your nails, then you may be living with serious medical conditions.
What These Signs Could Possibly Mean
If you notice changes in the lunula, you may be dealing with congestive heart failure. Clubbed fingernails can also be a sign of cardiovascular problems along with pulmonary problems. Pulmonary problems can include respiratory issues and even be a sign of lung disease. Another sign of lung disease that shows on your nails is changes in color. If your nails start to show a yellow discoloration on them, this can be a sign of not only different types of lung diseases but chronic bronchitis as well. Your nails being solely white also shows that something isn’t right with your heart. If you notice that your nails are turning white, it could be a sign of not only heart problems but liver and kidney problems as well.
Notice Any? What To Do Next
If you notice any of these changes within your nails, the first thing you want to do is see if there are any symptoms that follow. Notice if you have been feeling any chest pain, shortness of breath or coughing, fatigue, nausea, headaches, loss of appetite, yellowing of the nails and skin, or any other symptoms that may be rare for you. These are all signs of lung, liver, kidney and cardiovascular problems.
Once you notice that there are some symptoms, reach out to a doctor as quickly as you can so it can be determined if any concern should be raised. Even if you do not notice any symptoms aside from the changing of your nails, it’s still important to go get it checked out.
Melanoma (the worst type of skin cancer) though rare, can show up on your fingernails and around the skin and this is usually one of the only symptoms of the disease.
Just know, it’s important to pay attention to your hands and nails and upkeep them. They may be the help you need to determine what’s going on internally.