So I thought to jot down some real causes for fingernail discoloration. It’s nothing to panic about but yes a few steps and you could keep your nails healthy and pink. ;) Since prevention is better than cure, you must know the reasons and causes for fingernail discoloration in order to prevent it. The reasons for discoloration fingernails may differ from person to person. Usually discolored fingernails are a resultant of allergies or reactions. But there could be various other things causing discoloration of your fingernails.
Underlying medical problems:
This could be the first reason for discoloration of your fingernails. It could be an indication that you are undergoing some lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes or zinc and iron deficiencies. Get a blood test done to ensure that you do not have any underlying afflictions.
Some of the afflictions which may cause discolored nails are:
• Ingrown nails
• Chronic lung disease
• Drug hypersensitivity
• Yellow nail syndrome
• Atopic dermatitis
• Bacterial infection
Some indication which may help in determining an under prevailing disease:
• White and pale nail beds indicate kidney or liver issues.
• Red lunulae (half moon shaped discoloration) indicate a heart failure.
• Kidney diseases are indicated by brown nails.
• Wilson’s disease is indicated by the blue discoloration of the lunulae. Wilson’s disease is a kind of copper accumulation in the body.
• Dark purple. red or black nails indicate hematoma (clotted blood) due to injury
It is a genetic or inherited affliction, which results in thickening of fingernails wherein the nails turns greenish yellow or may be yellow. The growth of the nail obviously slows down. Pleural effusions, sinusitis and lymphedema are also associated with yellow nails.
50% out of the total nail discoloration cases are due to fungi. These fungi do not only hanper the growth of your nail making it discolored but also cause the skin, the cuticles and the nail bed to clot and choke up making the fingernails, yellow, green or grey.
Nail fungus could also make your nails brown or yellow. Embedment of fungus under the nails can change your original nail color. Eventually the color of the nails will change. Unpleasant stench, flaking and chipping of nails can be common with nail fungus.
Yellow nails can be a result of excessive smoking too. Alcohol abuse and drug abuse may also result in discolored fingernails.
Abuse of the nail paint:
Constantly polishing the nails with nail paints can lead to yellow nails since nail colors deprive the nails of the oxygen which they need. You need to let your nails breathe too. Applying a clear and good base coat prior painting your nails can reduce the chances of yellow nails.
It’s not necessary that anyone and everyone having yellow nails, is going through any of the diseases and afflictions mentioned above, if your skeptical and the discoloration is prolonged get yourself checked.