15 Disturbing Things Your Nails Reveal About Your Health
A lot of us think of our nails the same way we think of our skin. Sure, we want them to look pretty, strong, and healthy. But at the end of the day, it’s all dead tissue, right? So if our nails look weird or unhealthy, it’s probably just that they got a little dry or upset by nail polish, right? Well, it turns out our nails are a sign of bigger things happening in our bodies! Because our nails are a mix of living and dead cell tissue, and because they grow so quickly, they can be an amazing insight into what has been happening to our body over the past few days. Here are some signs of illness on our nails that we shouldn’t ignore!
15: OCD, anxiety, trichitillomania: chewed up nails.
Are you a nail-biter? Many of us will chew on our nails when we are bored, or nibble them smooth when we get a rough edge. But if you wind yourself chewing your nails right down to the quick regularly, that you chew the skin around the nails as well, and pull out hangnails, and that your nails are left uneven, chipped, sore, or even bleeding, then you may be looking at a serious mental health condition. Ailments such as OCD, anxiety, or trichitillomania result in obsessive nail-chomping if unchecked! Often people treat the biting with a nasty-tasting nail polish, but it is better to treat the root cause and seek mental help.