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Health Diagnose Through Nails

Updated on January 4, 2010

Nails is the beautiful part of our body. Nails also supports fashion style. Women like to modify the nails. Sometimes they like give it a color, giving a tattoo, or other decorations. Besides showing the beauty, nails can also provide health information for ourselves. Nails turned out to be a stethoscope for human health. Through nails certain diseases can be diagnosed, beside through blood tests, urine or feces. Change color on your nails can be a sign you have a particular disease. Nails are formed from keratin protein sulfur-rich. As we know that nails is the hardest part of the body.

The main function of nails is to protect the soft fingertip. While at the base of the cuticle protects the nail from the discharges. Generally nails has reddish color due to the skin under the nails there are many capillaries are rich in blood supply. However, various circumstances may cause changes in color and texture of nails,such as:

  • Injuries caused by the collapse of a heavy object on the finger nails. These injuries can cause the nails appear blackish color.
  • Nail color changes can also be caused by fungal infections.
  • Injuries can also cause the formation of spots or white lines on nails.

Disease diagnose through the nails had been done a lot of people since the time of Hippocrates. Here are some nail color changes as a sign of a disease:

  • Base of the nail was blue: It was indicated that blood circulation wasn't maximum and it's a symptom of heart disease.
  • Half of the nail tip pink or brown color while the epidermis in white color: indicate kidney disease.
  • nail looks dull and there is a horizontal wrinkles: indicate malnutrition, the symptoms of measles, chicken pox and mumps.
  • Red layer longitudinal on the nails: indicate bleeding in the capillaries, if there is a double line it's indicate the symptoms of high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • Yellowish of nail color: indicate respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis.
  • Blackish-colored nails: may indicate skin cancer, because it must always be examined to determine whether it is a melanoma (skin cancer).
  • Circle crescent in the middle fingernail pink: indicates a person prone to anxiety, susceptible to interference in the internal organs, can not sleep soundly, frequent headaches.
  • Circle crescent on fore finger nails is pink: indicate the weak of intestines and stomach.
  • Circle crescent on the ring finger nail pink : indicates the menstruation comes is abnormal
  • Circle crescent on the little finger nails pink: indicates a weak of heart condition.

To know the overall health of your body, try to massage every fingernails. If the nail becomes red when pressed, it means you have blood circulation and have a good organ.

I am not a doctor, therapists or alternative medicine expert. But I try to give the information for us. This hub doesn't scare of us. There are many factors which lead to the disease diagnosed. This is only a small portion. We may consider the condition of our nails. The important thing is doing exercising regularly, maintaining a diet, rest enough, eat vegetables and fruit, and vitamins. Better prevent than healing. I hope we all protected from all kinds of diseases....amen.


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    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, pstraubie48 . Thanks for coming and I am glad to know this hub useful for you. Take care!


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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      From your article, it is clear that our nails really are a window to our general health.

      Thank you for sharing this with us, prasetio.

      Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Jlava. Thank you very much for coming to this hub. I hope this information useful for you. Take care!


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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      6 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Interesting info, didn't know nails could tell such stories.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, Joseph for coming and leave nice comment. This was always happened to us. Just take good care your nails and remove as soon as possible if this getting dirty. ~prasetio

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      6 years ago

      Human body is always dirty from the air, nails are created to scratch our body and have all the dirt taken in the nails then we have to use the other hand to clean the dirt of the first hand with the nail and throw the dirt away, specially our head hair the neck and the shoulders, if we scratch our head we will be surprised how our nails will be black.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, lemonadedieter for coming to this hub. Don't worry about that, you just need more calcium for your nails. I hope the best for you. Have a nice day!

      Blessing and hugs,

    • lemonadedieter profile image


      7 years ago from USA

      That's a good information about finger nails. I always thought I have brittle, thin fingernails.Is that a sign of bad?

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Good morning, Katie. Thanks for visiting this hub. God created the human body because it has a secret. And I believe by the sign of nails and other part of body we can know if there's something wrong related wit health. I hope this hub useful for you. Thank you very much. ~prasetio

    • katiem2 profile image


      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Our body does send us messages and warnings of illness and well being as well. I had no clue as to the signs the nail could give us in terms of Health Diagnose through nails. This is a very interesting hub thanks for the tips.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, LivingFood. I hope this hub useful for you. Good to see you here.

    • LivingFood profile image


      7 years ago

      This is very good information! My nails look a lot better now that I am on a cleaner diet. Thanks for sharing!

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks Pamela for coming to this hub. I hope you always healthy.

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      Pamela N Red 

      8 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great information. I'll look more closely at my nails.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks Sandy. even before we ask, our finger nails already give the sign. We must care about this sign and maintain our body to be healthy.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice information. Our finger nails can say a lot about us.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      thanks ethel for supporting this hub. I heard about that. Start from know we have to know a little sign from our body. Actually nails a little part of our body, but when we intend to keep our body disease never comes to us. I hope we are going well..amen.

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      Eileen Kersey 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Interesting. I know that hypothyroidism can affect the nails

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks mulberry1. Like I said before, preventing is better than healing. I hope this is good sign to keep healthy.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      This is good information, knowing the signs could help identify problems early.

    • prasetio30 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for all who coming to this hub. I hope this hub help us or alert when something going wrong with our body. But I hope we all going well and stay healthy.

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      Pete Maida 

      8 years ago

      Very good information. I knew that changes in nails indicated problems but it was nice to get some specific information. Thanks.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for a very interesting and informative hub.

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      Bail Up ! 

      8 years ago

      I knew that nails hold telltale signs of health and disease. Now I know what the signs mean , thanks for the interesting hub.

    • rvsrinivasan profile image


      8 years ago

      Human body gives symptoms of our ailments in various ways. It is really an interesting hub to know more about our nails.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      You've got me looking at my nails right now Prasetio30. Thanks for this vital information. In agreement with BkCreative, I've read much on this, yet this is a great reminder. I'll definetly bookmark this for future references.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good info - I have read so much about this. You know, we really need to know our bodies - and seek information. We need to take control of our health.

      Thanks for the information!


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