The way your hands look and feel can tell about various underlying issues including liver disease and heart problems. Your hands show signs of aging, however, certain changes in the hands like dry skin and red palms can be a sign of something serious. The below listed six hand issues will help you understand that something in your body is going wrong.
1. Pale Fingernails
Nails normally turn white when you press on them and then return to pinkish but if your nails remain white for more than one minute or two, this might indicate anemia or low iron levels. Lack of iron can provoke chronic fatigue and, in more severe cases, can lead to heart issues. If you suspect iron deficiency, turn to a primary care physician and run blood tests. To increase your iron levels, consider eating more iron-rich foods (like lean meats and nuts) along with foods high in vitamin C since vitamin C contributes to better iron absorption.
2. Nail Discoloration
Nail discoloration can occur due to fungal infections or might even be a sign of diabetes. Diabetes negatively affects the immune system and vascular system which creates an environment that is ideal for overgrowth of fungus and bacteria.
Thick or green discoloration, dark-yellow nails that detach from the bed can be the result of high sugar levels. This means you should visit a doctor as soon as possible. Your health care provider will determine your blood sugar levels through a blood test and depending on the results, they will make a proper treatment plan for you.
Fungal infection should also be treated. If left ignored, it might affect the skin and even enter the blood which can lead to serious consequences. If you don’t have a fungal infection, your nail discoloration might occur from dark polish. In this case, you can apply tooth-whitening that will help you get rid of that color.
3. Short Index Fingers (osteoarthritis)
Short index fingers can mean an increased risk for osteoarthritis and polycystic ovarian syndrome in women. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that affects the whole endocrine system in the body leading to infertility, weight gain, hirsutism, and other problems. The good news is that these health conditions are treatable. Osteoarthritis is well managed by stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis while PCOS is treated by lifestyle changes like proper diet and regular exercise and hormone therapy.
4. Red Palms
When palms become red, burning, and itchy this might indicate eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can flare up due to high levels of stress. If you think you have eczema, try using soapless cleansers, and wear gloves when cleaning or gardening.
If those options don’t help, this could mean you’re allergic to nickel contained in jewelry, chemicals in care products, or antibiotics. Those allergies are very annoying, but a specialist will help you determine your allergens by doing a patch test and pinpointing what to avoid. However, if you are pregnant, don’t worry about your red palms. Pregnancy is accompanied by increased blood flow throughout the body which causes temporary redness.
5. Blue and Numb Fingertips
Blue and numb fingertips might indicate Raynaud’s disease. This condition is characterized by a temporary blood vessel spasm that hinders blood flow to get the fingers in 5 percent to 10 percent of people.
This condition is more common in women and is usually provoked by stress or cool temperatures. Although Raynaud’s disease is chronic, you shouldn’t worry unless numbness lasts more than an hour. To improve your symptoms, give up smoking, and consume less caffeine since both constrict blood vessels.
6. Swollen Fingers
Swelling can occur during PMS or after eating to much salt. However, if your fingers remain swollen for weeks, this might indicate hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is not producing enough hormones which your body needs to regulate your metabolism and function properly. Thyroid issues can decrease metabolism contributing to weight gain, and water retention which can actually make your fingers look like sausages.