Yellow Nails- Nail Discoloration

nails discolorationSo 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
• Diabetes
• Chronic lung disease
• Drug hypersensitivity
• Malnutrition
• Yellow nail syndrome
• Atopic dermatitis
• Bacterial infection
• Onycholysis

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

nails discolorationYellow Nail Syndrome

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.

Nail fungus:

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.

Also Read:

How to Apply Artificial Nails
How to Grow Long Bright Nails
How to Take Care of Your Nails
How to Remove Artificial Nails
How to Get Perfect Nails

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24 thoughts on “Yellow Nails- Nail Discoloration

  1. Good article Zeeba……………… :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: ……….I don;t have yellow discoloration of nails, but i know a lot of people who have this, it will help them a lot 😐 😐 😐 😐 😐

  2. no yellow discolourations .. happens only when i use haldi wala pack 😛 lol and to remove that i use slight lemon juice or vinegar for 5 mins and tada it vanishes 🙂

    btw nice article and i love the 1st pic 🙂 face made with hands 😀

      1. hey i use around 1 tsp(if the stain is darjer i use more juice) of lemon juice and rub them nicely on my nails with thehelp of a cotton inside and out , and leave them for 5 – 10 mins and them wash my hands in water. Yellow colour disappears 🙂

      1. hey monika .. yap i think it should help .. bz lemon is slightly acidic na so washes off most of the discolourations .. try it na 🙂 ghar me lemon to hoga hi 1 try de kar dekh lo 🙂

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  3. nice article zeeba :thanks: i used to face this problem whenever i remove my nail paint with lakme nail polish remover…. never knew y :(( but now it is ok :))

    1. I dnt face any issue wid lakme nail paint remover..i mean i use it since ages………may b nail texture differences.. :worship: :worship:

  4. a good article zeeba, but your point of nails not getting enough oxygen is factually incorrect. nails are dead tissue and don’t need oxygen. though they do discolour because of constant use of nail polish, it isn’t because of oxygen deprivation.

      1. ok 🙂
        but i don’t think nail polish can deprive skin of oxygen
        you know the two big toenails of my feet are horribly yellow.. i’m giving my nails a break now. not gonna paint them for a long time.

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