The external and internal parts of the body are designed to function optimally as a unit. Good health requires that every component of the body is in excellent condition and a defect in one unit could be visible in other parts. Checkups should be done at regular intervals, however, some conditions can emerge between the time of the last checkup and the next. Bodily performance and appearance could indicate the state of health of a person, and paying attention to the eyes, tongues and fingernails exposes one to observe the state of the health through them.
Continuing reading to understand the implications of how some of your external body parts react or feel, and what they could mean for health.
Fingernails must have been excellently designed to makes our hands beautiful. But the main subject of manicure could also give off symptoms of medical conditions worthy to take note off. Although strong, pleasant looking and even perfect fingernails may not represent perfect health, some unpleasant nail appearances could signify some health conditions such as Pale nails.
Pale nails could be asymptomatic of serious illnesses such as anemia or malnutrition. If you have pale nails and are experiencing other conditions, you might have to see the doctor pretty quick. Pale nails have been attributed to liver disease and heart failure
17. White nails.
White nails could indicate a liver complication known as hepatitis. If white nails have black rims, that could mean more serious liver conditions.
White nails should be distinguished from white spots, which are often linked to calcium deficiency. The truth however is that white spots most often result from straining the fingers or hitting it against something.
16. Yellow nails
Yellow nails can result from aging, the use of nail paints and smoking.
Yellow nails can also occur as a result of a fungal infection which could even cause the nail to thicken. Diabetes, lung infections and psoriasis could reflect on fingernails by making it yellow
15. Dry/ Cracked Nails
Dry or cracked nails can occur for different reasons, from the use of one’s hands in different activities to the condition of one’s health. Instances that cause dry nails include the excess use of nail polish remover, washing a large quantity of objects and so on. These activities often cause the nail plate to be dry and the fingers appear brittle.
However, dry, splitting or cracking nails can result from hypothyroidism, which is extremely low secretion of the thyroid.
14. Black Stripes Under the Nail
The presence of black Stripes under or on the nail should prompt a swift visit to the medical doctor. When accompanied with pain or painful growth, it could be a sign of melanoma, a very dangerous skin cancer.
13. Excessively Bitten Nails
This is the result of an habit, but when in excess, could be they sign of anxiety Irma compulsive disorder that needs to be treated.
The eyes see everything. Also, a lot about a persons health can be seen through the eyes. The eyes can display traits that indicate the presence of a eye condition, ranging from visible changes to those felt by a person alone. An eye condition can reveal a problem with the eye itself, diabetes, stress and even excess cholesterol. Watch out for these signals in your eyes
Blurred and Blurry Vision
Reduction or a stop in the flow of blood to the eye or to the brain could lead to sudden blurry vision. Blurry vision requires immediate medical attention, because beyond revealing that a person might have constricted blood flow, migraine, stroke or diabetes, it could be really dangerous as it could lead to falls and wrong judgments . For instance , a suddenly blurred vision while driving or operating machinery could have devastating effects.
Blurry vision could be caused by issues with the eyes itself, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
11. Rings around the iris
Rings can occur around the iris as a person ages. This can set in around the ages of fourty. Known as corneal arcus, this condition could also indicate excessively high cholesterol levels and causes deposits of fat to stay at edges of the eyes, and in some instances surround it.
10. White spots on the cornea
Most often means the eye is infected and is common with those who use contact lens
9. Drooping Eyelids.
Dropping eyelids result from weakened facial muscles. It is often a signal of myasthenia gravis which weakens both the immune system and the muscles. Myasthenia gravis affects the face and the throat more seriously than others muscles and makes it difficult ingest food and even talk.
8. Yellow Whites of the Eyes
Yellow eyes and skin could be caused by Jaundice. Yellow eyes are caused when there is an excess of billirubin, which is a yellow compound formed when red blood cells are broken down. Excess billirubin which yellows the skin and the eyes get retained in the body when the liver cannot filter them out
Hepatitis, alcohol intake induced liver conditions and others can cause this condition. Poor duh and lifestyle choices could be a contributing factor.
7. Eye Twitches
Involuntary eye movements can be caused by stress or sleeplessness. Adequate rest is often sufficient for the condition to leave. Other causes can be alcohol intake, caffeine consumption, smoking, etc.
In cases where eye twitches are accompanied by other conditions such as difficulty walking, it could be caused by an issue with the nervous system.
6. Night Blindness
A signal of Vitamin A deficiency or cataracts. Night Blindness can often be corrected with glasses, medication or eating food rich in Vitamin A or supplements.
Night blindness could also occur as a result of old age
5. You have lots of skin tags = You’re at risk for diabetes
Skin tags are small, benign outgrowths on the surface of the skin. Diabetes is a condition that causes chronic high blood sugar levels. What’s the connection? Scientists still aren’t sure, but multiple studies—including this notable 2007 study published in the International Journal of Dermatology—have found that people with multiple skin tags are at a higher risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
4. You’re having trouble hearing = You might have kidney problems
If you’re having trouble hearing what others are saying, it might not just be your ears that need to get checked. According to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, older adults with chronic kidney disease are more likely to have hearing loss than those without it.
“Hearing loss is commonly linked to syndromal kidney disease. However, this study suggests a strong tie to [chronic kidney disease] in general,” said the study’s author, David Harris, associate dean of Sydney Medical School-Westmead at the University of Sydney.
3. Your hair is thinning = You need more iron
If you notice your hair is thinning out, that could be another symptom of iron deficiency. According to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science, a lack of iron, which helps move blood and oxygen to your brain and muscles, might actually cause hair to fall out.
2. You’re smelling things that aren’t there = You should see a neurologist
Phantosmia is a condition in which your nose catches a whiff of something—rotten eggs, wet dogs, something else similarly unpleasant—that’s not actually there.
These “phantom smells” may be your brain subtly letting you know something is off. According to the Mayo Clinic, it could be a sign of something as simple as inflamed sinuses or as concerning as a brain tumor, epilepsy, or Parkinson’s disease. Either way, your body is giving you a heads up to call your doctor, stat.
1. You’ve got red and white spots on your tongue = Your taste buds have worn down
A tongue with red and white spots isn’t anything to freak out about. It’s just a sign that your taste buds have worn down, possibly because you have temporarily damaged them with too much sour candy (surprisingly common) or by eating hot food that lightly scorched them and caused desensitization. Give it some time—and stop damaging the buds—and they’ll grow back to full health in no time.
Observing these symptoms will help you seek medical attention when required. Understanding what your eyes, fingernails and tongue say can help you address health conditions before they worsen.