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Nail Tip

by Anthonia A. Oyefesobi

Studies suggest that your manicure or pedicure may be covering more than chipped polish. The color and texture of nails and surrounding tissue can be a warning signs of infection and serious health concerns in other areas of the body. According to Dr. Joshua Fox, founding director of Advance Dermatology, “changes in the appearance of the nails can indicate anything from a mild infection to a possibility of heart disease.”Those changes can also be a warning for lung or liver disease, diabetes or anemia. To avoid infection, Fox suggests keeping the nail area clean and dry and to avoid nail biting. Visit a doctor when changes such as red nail beds or yellowing and thickening occur and persist for more than a day or two.

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