In Chinese traditional medicine, the doctor can tell how healthy you are by just looking at you. By checking your eyes, fingernails, tongue and other signs, they can figure out exactly what you need to be healthy.
Many people do not pay attention to the way their fingernails look. While you might not notice your fingernails all the time, they can actually reveal significant details about your physical health. A number of diseases and health problems can change the way your nails look. You need to pay attention to the texture, shape, thickness and colors of your nails. Pay attention to any unusual growth patterns because it could indicate a health or physiological problem. Sometimes, you may notice that you have no moons on fingernails. To find out what this could mean, read on.
What Does It Mean to Have No Moons on Fingernails?
Moons are actually a half-moon in shape. They are located on the base of your fingernails. Typically, it is believed that having no moons or small moons means that you either have an under-active thyroid gland or low blood pressure.
Researchers have found that no moons on your fingernails may mean that you are deficient in vitamin B12 or iodine. Normally, a lack of vitamin B12 can cause memory problems, depression, a loss of coordination or a lack of energy. Iodine is needed by your thyroid gland, so you may have thyroid problems. A lack of iodine is also connected to breast cancer. If you are deficient in one of these nutrients, it is important to have your levels checked early to prevent other health problems.
Researchers have also found that no moons or smaller moons are linked to carbon monoxide exposure. If this is the problem, it is important to make sure to use a ventilation system when you are in traffic. You should also make sure to stay at least 20 feet from any running vehicle to prevent carbon monoxide exposure.
If you are deficient in vitamin B12, there are other signs that you may have a deficiency. Other than having no moons on fingernails, you may notice symptoms like:
– Continuously feeling exhausted or fatigued
– Bleeding gums
– Problems with your balance or gait
– Heavy menstrual bleeding
– Brown spots
– Nose bleeds
– Tingling in your feet or hands
– Your legs hurt or seem to jump at night
– Memory problems
– Pain such as bone pain in your legs
– Sensitivity to noise
– Burning sensations, especially on the thighs
Other Health Problems Predicted by Your Fingernails
Your nails can also show if you have other health problems. We will include some of the most common nail changes and the health problems associated with them.
1. White Lines Running Across Your Nails
This common problem occurs when lines are running parallel to the base of your nails. These are not streaks or spots though. The lines show that you have low protein levels in your blood. It could be due to malnutrition or liver disease.
2. Brown or Red Streaks Under Your Nails
These streaks occur because of damaged blood vessels. Known as splinter hemorrhages, they are probably from bumping or injuring your fingernails.
3. Crumbly or Brittle Nails
When your nails are especially brittle, it could be due to exposure to detergents, nail polish or aging. Sometimes, it may indicate the presence of lichen planus, thyroid disease, fungal infections or psoriasis. Reactive arthritis may also cause this to happen.
4. Nail Clubbing
Nail clubbing is when your nails curve around the fingertips. It may be because of low oxygen in your blood or increased blood flow to your fingertips. If it is due to low oxygen, it could be due to lung diseases, heart disease, AIDS, inflammatory bowel disease or liver disease.
5. Spoon-Shaped Nails
This is when your fingernails appear to curve inward and look like they are scooped out. When this happens, it may indicate medical conditions like hemochromatosis, iron deficiency, heart diseases or Raynaud’s disease.
6. Discolored Nails
Different nail colors can mean different things. Gray nails tend to be caused by certain medications. White nails could be a sign of aging, fungal nail infections, malnutrition, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, cirrhosis or heart failure. Yellow nails may mean you used too much nail varnish. It can also mean you have psoriasis, jaundice, fungal nail infections, a lung infection or a sinus infection,.
Purple or blue nails typically mean that you are oxygen deprived. Green-black nails represent a bacterial infection. Meanwhile, brown nails tend to show thyroid disease or malnutrition. If they are brown at the tips and white on bottom, then it may indicate kidney failure.
7. Beau’s Lines
Also known as grooves across the fingernails, Beau’s Lines look like deep grooves that run across your nails. This could be an indication of conditions like Raynaud’s disease, cold temperatures, vascular disease, zinc deficiency or a previous injury. It can also be caused by any illness that causes a high fever.
8. Dark Stripes
When you see dark stripes running down your nails, there might not be any reason to panic. This can often occur naturally in people with darker skin tones. Sometimes, it could be an indication of a type of skin cancer. If it only infects one nail, then this could be the cause.
9. Thick Nails
Thick nails are often caused by a fungal infection on your nails. It can also be caused by psoriasis or reactive arthritis. If your nails are thick, slow growing and yellow in color, it could indicate a lung disease.
10. Dents or Pitting
Dents or pitting on your nails indicates conditions like psoriasis, reactive arthritis, eczema or alopecia areata.
11. Loose Nails
If your nails are loose enough to separate from the nail bed, it could be a sign of an injury or an infection. It could also be caused by psoriasis, thyrpid disease, poor circulation or an allergy to certain medications.