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Nails can tell you a lot about your health

Nails can tell you a lot about your health

Is it true that the nails are a reflection of the body and indicate health problems of the whole body?

Nails, most of the time, when present some aesthetic changes are synonymous with lack of some vitamin or nutrients. However, they can sometimes represent manifestations of skin diseases, such as psoriasis, and even of liver, heart and poisoning.

What are the precautions we should take with them? Does the recommendation change when the cold comes in?

The recommendation is the same all year round: do not get your fingernails fictitious so they do not become fragile and brittle, and always moisturize them with a cream, such as urea, ammonium lactate, vitamin E, ceramides and omega-3s.

What are the factors that end the nail health and beauty?

Forget to moisturize, dieting very radical, to rub them and abuse substances that dehydrate them, such as acetone.

The recommendation is the same all year round: do not get your fingernails fictitious so they do not become fragile and brittle. Is it true that we should stay for some time without enamel, otherwise, they will become weak and yellow?

This is popular. What is certain, yes, is to use a quality enamel and always keep the nails moisturized.

Is it true that the dark enamels make them stronger? And that acetone has the opposite effect? ​​

The tone of the enamel does not change density the hardness of the nails. The same can not be said of acetone, which in fact leaves them brittle, as it leaves the nails dehydrated very often.

White spots on nails

What can they mean?

White spots can represent from diseases of the nails, such as mycosis of nails, skin diseases, such as psoriasis and lichen planus, even vitamin deficiencies. It is to have a specific treatment for the cause of this white nail, preventing mainly the nail matrix lesion that can leave the nail changed forever.

How is the diagnosis made?

A good dermatological examination that's enough. If the doctor has any type of doubt, you can proceed with scraping the surface of the nail as well as biopsy the same. If it is a lack of vitamin, commercial multivitamins generally already supply these deficiencies. However, they should only be ingested if this is in fact proven by a dermatologist.

If the case is caused by ringworm, with antifungal medications, usually by mouth, in a period ranging from six to 12 months

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Black spots

What can they mean?

In most cases, they are the result of trauma, which causes a sub-nail hematoma.

What is the importance of looking for a doctor?

In the case of bruising, more so that the doctor prescribes medicines to relieve the pain and see if there was no underlying bone fracture. In the case of melanoma, prevent the tumor from progressing and giving body metastases. The test is done with dermatological examination and with dermatoscopy, both fast and easy to do.

Yellow spots

What does it mean?

Generally, they mean increased beta-carotene intake, but in the case of patients with hepatitis, may represent liver failure due to jaundice. In some cases, it may be due to nicotine in chronic smokers. In green, they are usually due to bacterial infections.

How is the diagnosis made?

Most often, with a dermatological examination, followed in the suspicion of liver disease, of blood tests. If the high consumption of beta-carotene is high, the consumption of beta-carotene must be reduced immediately.


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