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Do you or your kids have any of these weird fingernail symptoms?

Posted by on May. 8, 2012 at 5:54 AM
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What Your Ragged Fingernails Can Tell You About Your Health

Posted by Jacqueline Burt on May 4, 2012 

fingernailsMy fingernails haven't looked fabulous since I had kids and regular manicures went out the window, but when I noticed what looked like giant dents in my right thumbnail, a little warning bell went off in my head. Even unkempt fingernails aren't supposed to look like that ... hmm. Maybe this wasn't really about my nails at all?

As it turns out: Nope. The state of your fingernails can actually tell you quite a bit about the state of your body overall. It's kind of like this -- if the eyes are the windows to the soul, the fingernails are the window to the, uh, inside of your body and stuff.

Okay, that didn't work. But you get the idea.

If you've got any of the following things going on with your fingernails, consider this a head's up ...

Indentations Known as Beau's lines, these dents run across the nails and can be signs of growth interrupted by severe illness (sometimes a high fever) or malnutrition. They can also be a sign of zinc deficiency.

Nail separation If it looks like your nail is coming loose from the nail bed (eek!), you could be reacting to a product such as a nail hardener ... or this could be a symptom of thyroid disease or psoriasis.

Yellow nails Often, nails look yellow simply because they're stained from dark polish ... but they can also result from respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis.

Peeling nails There are a couple of possible explanations here ... could be you're spending too much time washing dishes (you probably are), or you could be deficient in linoleic acid (found in most vegetable oils).

Okay, stop staring at your hands.

Do you have any of these weird fingernail symptoms?

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Jadegirl1819
by on May. 8, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Interesting but I wish it was a bit more thorough.

MELRN
by on May. 8, 2012 at 9:35 AM

my kids had a time a few year ago where something really weird was goin gon with their finger nails first my dd followed by my then 3 y/o son about 2 weeks later  they were lifting right off the nail bed..it went on from aboutmid September until Thanksgiving time!  it turns out guess what it was a virus...I got 3 wrong diagnosis by our Pedi and then went on a search and found out what it was  then I made them culture ans sure enough it was viral...I can't remember which one but I'll check their records later and tell you 

TigerofMu
by Sonja on May. 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

 Peeling nails.  My nails have always peeled. 

Name % LA ref.
Safflower oil 78%
Grape seed oil 73%
Poppyseed oil 70%
Sunflower oil 68%
Hemp oil 60%
Corn oil 59%
Wheat germ oil 55%
Cottonseed oil 54%
Soybean oil 51%
Walnut oil 51%
Sesame oil 45%
Rice bran oil 39%
Pistachio oil 32.7%
Peanut oil 32% [20]
Almonds 24%
Canola oil 21%
Chicken fat 18-23% [21]
Egg yolk 16%
Linseed oil 15%
Lard 10%
Olive oil 10%
Palm oil 10%
Cocoa butter 3%
Macadamia oil 2%
Butter 2%
Coconut oil 2%
PrincessZ20
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM


Quoting Jadegirl1819:

Interesting but I wish it was a bit more thorough.

Agreed! 


PrincessZ20
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Mine do too!  Thanks for sharing that list, it's interesting.

Quoting TigerofMu:

 Peeling nails.  My nails have always peeled. 

Name % LA ref.
Safflower oil
78%
Grape seed oil
73%
Poppyseed oil
70%
Sunflower oil
68%
Hemp oil
60%
Corn oil
59%
Wheat germ oil
55%
Cottonseed oil
54%
Soybean oil
51%
Walnut oil
51%
Sesame oil
45%
Rice bran oil
39%
Pistachio oil
32.7%
Peanut oil
32% [20]
Almonds
24%
Canola oil
21%
Chicken fat
18-23% [21]
Egg yolk
16%
Linseed oil
15%
Lard
10%
Olive oil
10%
Palm oil
10%
Cocoa butter
3%
Macadamia oil
2%
Butter
2%
Coconut oil
2%



Vertical15
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

I used to chew my nails down as far as possible in high school and then in college I somehow got over that and since then I've had really healthy good looking nails, if I do say so myself!  smile mini  People are always asking me if I have a french manicure-nope they just look really good.

Now my toenails are not so pretty.  I need pedicures to keep those suckers under control LOL

Vertical15
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

This is a little grainy and I just cut my nails two days ago. I do use Burt's Bees lemon butter cuticle creme but nothing else.  I'm not big on painting them and I'm not allowed for work anyway.

batjmom
by Sarah on May. 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Nope none here
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norahsmommy
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Thanks for this. Dd has peeling nails pretty bad.


Quoting TigerofMu:

 Peeling nails.  My nails have always peeled. 















































































































Name % LA ref.
Safflower oil 78%
Grape seed oil 73%
Poppyseed oil 70%
Sunflower oil 68%
Hemp oil 60%
Corn oil 59%
Wheat germ oil 55%
Cottonseed oil 54%
Soybean oil 51%
Walnut oil 51%
Sesame oil 45%
Rice bran oil 39%
Pistachio oil 32.7%
Peanut oil 32% [20]
Almonds 24%
Canola oil 21%
Chicken fat 18-23% [21]
Egg yolk 16%
Linseed oil 15%
Lard 10%
Olive oil 10%
Palm oil 10%
Cocoa butter 3%
Macadamia oil 2%
Butter 2%
Coconut oil 2%

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norahsmommy
by on May. 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Nice nails! I don't paint or do much with mine. They look about like yours, just a little longer. I love your ring! Is that a ring wrapper around your engagement ring or are you wearing 3 rings?


Quoting Vertical15:

This is a little grainy and I just cut my nails two days ago. I do use Burt's Bees lemon butter cuticle creme but nothing else.  I'm not big on painting them and I'm not allowed for work anyway.



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