Nail Health

Changes in Your Fingernails/Toenails

Can Signal Larger Health Problems

Important information about nail health from the American Academy of Dermatology:

Our nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney disease, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes. Symptoms that could signal nail problems include changes in color, shape and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain. See your dermatologist for the successful diagnosis and treatment of nail problems, and to find out if they are indicating a greater issue with your overall health.

Nail growth

Nail problems

Tips for keeping nails healthy

Nail salon safety

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