Well, the hand can tell you a lot about what may be wrong, or right, with a patient: and even the nails can provide clues to the the individuals health, and not just about their social status! Here are some of the things that Doctors look for:
|Pitting of the nails - Psoriasis -2|
|Fungal fingernails -3|
- Fungal infections are more common on the toenails, but can be found in the fingernails, especially in Diabetics and those on steroids for various diseases.
- Bacterial infections are more common in fingernails due to trauma or biting of the nails.
- Viral infections may occur (commonly called a Whitlow, although Orf is another viral nail infection, a disease found in sheep and goats which can be transmitted to humans), and like bacterial infections, tend to happen around the nail and are often very painful.
|Cyanosis of the nails|
These are just some of the nail manifestations of what may be a widespread clinical problem: the list includes white nails, brittle nails, ridged nails and in many young people, bitten nails: but then, not everything that looks a bit ugly need be a cause for concern.