Several signs and symptoms related to any disease indicate an ongoing pathology, which may be localized or generalized. For example, an aching joint indicates a disease limited to that area. Similarly, a stomach ache also indicates a localized pathology. A general symptom such as headache, can be a hint towards a vast set of diseases, ranging from simple stress to lethal cancer. Systemic involvement by diseases such as hypertension, acidosis, etc. may also produce a headache. However, very few among us might be aware of nail changes that a disease can produce as symptoms.
Our nails form alive, yet hard sclerotic parts of our body, and are constituents of the external defense mechanism. Ever wondered what could cause the nails to change their appearance or consistency? What body system might be directing the nails to change their normal anatomy?
Read out the rest of the post to learn about various nail symptoms and their possible causes.
1. Nail pitting
We usually tend to ignore slightly depressed points or you may call them “pits” on the nail surface. Well, after reading this segment, it is likely that you may not overlook such small changes the next time you discover it. “Ice-pick-like” depressions are a feature of psoriasis in most cases. If not so, then it may be associated with an autoimmune disease called Reiter’s syndrome (a type of arthritis caused due to bacterial infection), or alopecia areata. So anytime you notice such nail changes, you know well that you immediately need to see your doctor.