Keeping Nails Healthy
Discoloration of the nail may appear as any color but usually is red or yellow. This is typically a harmless deposit of pigment from the polish, but be aware that the application of a base coat doesn't always protect from discoloration.
Digging under the nail too vigorously can lead to a condition known as “traumatic onycholysis” when the nail itself separates from the bed of the nail. To avoid this problem, be sure to be gentle when cleaning nails. Don’t use sharp objects like files and scissor points. Instead use a nail brush with soft bristles and a gentle soap.
Our nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney disease, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes. Symptoms that could signal nail problems include changes in color, shape and/or thickness, swelling of the skin around the nails, bleeding or discharge, and pain. See your dermatologist for the successful diagnosis and treatment of nail problems.