Unless you meticulously take good care of your nails and monitor them for any little variance, you might not know what sorts of things to look for in order to determine whether your nails are healthy or not.
Healthy nails are important — likely more important than you even realize — so being able to recognize the signs yours are doing OK is crucial.
Here are some signs you have healthy nails, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
They’re a pink or mauve color.
Your nails should generally appear to be a pale sort of pink or mauve. And it’s not actually the nails themselves that are the color, it’s the tissue underneath.
“A nice healthy nail will have a pinkish or mauve hue as it reflects the color of the nail bed underneath,” Dr. Erum Ilyas, MD, MBE, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, told INSIDER.
“When you apply pressure to this area, you should be able to make this color disappear temporarily and reappear rapidly once pressure is released. This is a sign that you are well hydrated and have good blood flow to your tissues. By applying pressure you are pushing blood away from the tissues and then releasing pressure allows it to flow back in — this is referred to as the capillary nail refill test.”
They’re not full of ridges.
Although vertical nail ridges are normal, horizontal ridges might signify a problem.
Deep horizontal grooves in your nails are known as Beau’s lines and they may point to a more serious problem. According to Harvard Health Publishing, the appearance of these lines could indicate an injury to the nail matrix, unmet nutritional needs, or an infection in the nail plate, drug reactions, or even a high fever.
If you notice these signs, it’s important to consult with a clinician or dermatologist.
They don’t break easily.
If your nails are especially brittle, you could have a condition called onycholysis, which Mayo Clinic describes as fingernails separating from the nail bed. This condition can lead to potential injury, infection, or even drug reactions.
Although an iron deficiency may cause brittleness, it’s also possible that your are simple wetting and drying your nails too often, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
If your nails seem sturdy and rarely break, chances are they’re healthy.
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