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You Can Never Imagine What Nails Can Tell About Your Health.

When most of us look at our hands, we may find that we need to cut, clean or stop biting our nails, and that's about it.

But if you ask a dermatologist, they can see a whole lot more. While poor diet and stress serious kidney problems can be revealed by a look at your nails.

There are about 30 different signs of the nails that can be associated with medical problems, although many more may indicate a problem, according to Dr. Amy Derick, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Northwestern University.

Here are eight things a doctor can tell you about your health based on your nails.

1. People with emphysema and other lung problems frequently develop what is known as "clubbed" nails, according Derick. When this occurs, the fingers are rounded and the curve of nail changes, developing a steeper pitch up and down.

2. Small small pits or impressions may be a sign of arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or eczema, according to Dr. Doris Day, associate professor of clinical dermatology at New York University. Arthritis affects the joints and can be related to psoriasis, which as eczema, affects the skin.

3. People who do not eat well and contain vitamin or nutritional deficiencies can have thinner than normal nails, which are more likely to break, according to Day.

4. The horizontal lines, also known as Beau's lines, are associated with severe physical stress. They look like a line running across the nail, and often occur in people who have been through chemotherapy, according to Day. They can also occur after a disease, injury, or severe malnutrition. Interestingly, there may be a connection altitude too. They have also been found in people who Dove 1,000 feet and others who participated in an Everest expedition.

5. Vertical lines, however, are generally not a big problem. Some people are genetically more prone to them than others, but they are generally associated with aging. Sometimes they can appear in people suffering from malnutrition.

6. When people are iron deficiency, their nails can turn spoon, according Derick. Instead of curving downward and covering the finger normally, they will start to rise over the sides and front, from the normal convex shape to a concave shape as part of a spoon that holds liquid.

7. kidney and liver problems can create "half and half nails," where part of the nail is white and the other party or dark pink, according Derick. Kidney and liver problems frequently cause discoloration that occurs in the nails and skin.

8. A nail up from the nail bed may also indicate problems with kidney or thyroid, says Derick. Many thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases like lupus and Graves create complications that dermatologists noticed while examining patients.

Doctors note that because the diagnosis of the disease is complex and some symptoms may be associated with various diseases, you should always consult a medical professional if you are concerned about something you notice.

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