What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health

Fingernail Analysis: Health Clues

Fingernail health analysis is a long-established, time-honored practice in traditional medicine, such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, because various medical conditions and diseases can affect fingernails.

It seems that modern, mainstream medicine is also beginning to pay attention to irregularities in nails, as a potential indicator of a chronic disease or health issue.

This infographic entitled “What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health”  from Berkeley Wellness illustrates and briefly describes five common nail irregularities:

✔ White Bands (Muehrcke’s Nails)

✔ Nail Clubbing

✔ Horizontal Indentations (Beau’s Lines)

✔ Spoon Nails (Koilonychia)

✔ White Nail Plates (Terry’s Nails)

Although this infographic is a great starting tool, and irregularities in nails may be cosmetic or the result of an injury or aging, certain nail irregularities could be a sign to a serious medical condition.

Therefore, nail irregularities should be brought to the attention of a qualified healthcare professional for further assessment.