What Your Hands Reveal About Your Health

Yes, it’s true that your hands can show vital signs of underlying hidden diseases. Most of us don’t pay much attention to our hands except keeping them clean and clipping our fingernails. But if you note few details of your hands, you might come to know about your health conditions.

Let’s check out these points to know, what your hands might be saying you :-

  1. Color Of Fingernails – The fingernails are not only to be clipped and painted beautifully but also to be checked regularly for any unusual changes.  

If your finger nails are Blue colored, then it means, poorly oxygenated red blood cells. It is also known as Nail Bed Cyanosis.

Besides, if your finger nails are Half White and Half Brown then you could be suffering from Kidney diseases.

The Yellow colored fingernails mostly occurs due to serious Pulmonary disease and Lymphedema.

  1. Shape and Unusual lines on Fingernails – Sometimes, marks or lines appear on nail bed but they are harmless and they disappear soon. But few significant changes in texture, shape and structure of your fingernails can be indicative to serious problems.

If there is brownish stripes on nails, it could indicate Melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. These stripes are usually thick pigmented vertical bands.

Whereas, if white lines appear on your finger nails, it might be due to Nutrients Deficiency, especially zinc or protein deficiency. These horizontal white streaks are also known as Muehrcke’s lines.

The Red Streaks on nail bed are called Splinter Hemorrhages. These are little red lines and it predicts heart infections or endocarditis, that affects the valves or inner lining of heart.

The Spoon shaped nails reveals Iron Deficiency in your body. These nails are very weak, brittle and concave shaped. Whereas, the Overturned Spoon shaped nails with Swollen fingertips, signify a condition called Clubbing. It indicates Lung Cancer as well as overactive thyroid or liver disease.

If you have Pitted finger nails, then it could be due to Psoriasis –  A long lasting auto immune disease that is mainly characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These skin patches are typically red, scaly and itchy. Tiny dents and little craters forms on finger nails.These types of fingernails are known as Pitted nails or Rippled nails.

  1. Your Fingers – Look at your hands and observe the length of your fingers. The index finger must be longer than your ring finger. But if it’s not. Then, there are chances that you may suffer from osteoarthritis of knee. It is the most common type of arthritis and it mostly affects women.
  2. Swollen Fingers and Palms might reveal too much salt in your diet, Dehydration, Systemic Sclerosis and Hyperthyroidism.

    Fatty Knuckles are classical symptoms of High Cholesterol in your body. It leads to a fatal disease called Familial Hypercholesterolameia. The cholesterol gets deposited over the knuckles in form of lumps known as tendon xanthoma. These lumps are hard and yellowish. This condition is severely fatal and should be treated soon.

    1. Your Palm – Is your palm sweaty and hot all the time?? The reason could be overactive thyroid gland. It causes excessive production of thyroid hormones. This condition is known as Hyperthyroidism. It may include sleeping problems, heat intolerance, muscle weakness and enlargement of thyroid. It mostly affects women more than men.

    If your palms are Crimson Red, it may be a sign of Liver Cirrhosis, that usually occurs due to heavy drinking and it leads to heavy scarring of liver tissue. Earlier, there are no symptoms but slowly the signs appear. Cirrhosis can also develop due to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and non alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    1. Shaking Hands – Shivering or shaking hands might predict Parkinson Disease. It is a degenerative disorder of central nervous system that affects motor system. It leads to shaking, rigidity and difficulty in walking.

    A simple tremor in hands could be due to side effects of certain medications or due to too much caffeine. But if it persists, you should see a doctor.

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