Your nails aren’t just a bunch of dead cells meant to decorate and flaunt nail art with matching clothes. They are a very important part of our body since nails carry symptoms of many diseases, including cancer. Don’t worry, we’re not here to scare you this time!
Your nails are packed with details about your health. They can show if you have an infection, a serious disease, or even how well you’re eating.
“Just like the eyes are the window to the soul, so are the nails,” says Tamara Lior, MD, a dermatologist with Cleveland Clinic Florida.
Have you noticed a crescent-shaped whitish area at the bed of a fingernail?
The whitish area around your nails,is a sensitive and important part of the structure of the nail, which must not be damaged.It is called the lunula (Latin for “little moon) and it is a very sensitive part of the nails.
The white color of this structure is visible as it is the fifth basal layer of the epidermis. It is actually hides the blood vessels situated below and it is most visible on the thumb. However, the “white moon” is not visible in everyone. Sometimes the thickened layer of skin which surrounds the fingernails and toenails may cover the lunula, making it less or almost not visible at all.
The lunula is actually the visible part of the nail’s root and should not be damaged in any way because if you damage it your entire nail will be permanently deformed.
The white half moon at the beginning of the nail is an indicator of good thyroid health. Each nail that is missing a half moon shows a weaker thyroid. Weak thyroid health can lead to depression, mood swings, and thinning hair, according to Dr. Reed.
In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed that a lack of lunula can indicate anemia and malnutrition. If the lunula has reddish smudges the person may be suffering from cardiovascular diseases.
Medical experts clams that every healthy man has seven or eight lanula on the nails.If you have lunule only on your thumbs.it means that your kidneys are failing!
Don’t ignore changes in your nails, but don’t jump to conclusions either. Nails that aren’t smooth or aren’t one color can be a sign of many diseases — or of none. The lanula shows how much healthy and energetic you are,so if you notice any changes please visit your doctor before it’s too late.
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