Your fingernails may give clues to underlying disorders-by Dr Harold Gunatillake
Your fingernails are like your horoscope. It reveals a lot about the state of your health.
Today, lot of money is spent on investigating diseases, and the clinical wisdom, time taken to listen to the history of the illness, and proper physical examination seems to be a thing of the past.
Just cursory examination of your fingernails does give clues for many chronic diseases and medical conditions and just doing a few investigations to confirm your clinical diagnosis is all that would be required.
That is what we are going to discuss today.
Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails
Let’s talk about Specks under your fingernails
Looking into your fingernails once in awhile is a good health habit, as it is a good health indicator that you may not be familiar with.
If you observe dark spots under your nails, and if you have not banged your fingers recently, it could point out to an infection in the lining of your heart or valves. This condition is called endocarditis and valvulitis, respectively.