What Is Your Health Telling You, According to Your Hands?

Posted by on September 9, 2017 in Hazards, Issues & Diseases, Health with 0 Comments
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By Power Of Positivity

“I always make a point of shaking hands when I meet a patient for the first time. Not only is it the best way to put a patient at ease, but hands and nails can be one of the best windows into the body’s internal workings.” ~ Dr. Richard Russell, consultant respiratory physician

Your hands and nails are a physical indication of your health. The appearance of your fingernails and hands can also give you insight into any potential underlying health problems.

It’s very easy to ignore our hands, too. Aside from the occasional nail-clipping, when’s the last time you really looked at your palms and digits?

Let’s take a look at what your hands can reveal about your health

Blue or white fingertips

If you look at your fingertips, you’ll notice a white-pink coloration. The pink, of course, is the blood circulating underneath.

If your fingertips appear too blue or too white, it is a possible sign of poor blood circulation. One condition, known as Raynaud’s syndrome, occurs when small blood vessels become sensitive to temperature change.

“In more serious cases, blue fingertips can be a sign of low oxygen levels in the body,” says Dr. Richard Russell.

Pale nail beds

Nails beds are comprised of the area of skin from the cuticles to fingertips, and where the nails lay. Similar to your fingertips, there’s a pink-to-red hue.

If your nail beds appear overly-white, it may be a sign of iron-deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia occurs when there’s a lack of red blood cell circulation.

Trembling hands

There are a number of reasons why the hands may tremble a bit. Maybe you’ve had one-too-many cups of java, are anxious, or take certain prescriptions meds (e.g. antidepressants, asthma drugs.)

If your hands are frequently shaky, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup with your family doctor. They’ll want to look over your medical records, and take additional measures to rule out possible neurological causation.

Weak grip

According to a study of over 140,000 adults in 17 countries, a weak grip is indicative of being at a higher risk for stroke or heart attack.

The strength of grip is considered a good measure of overall health, including muscle strength (and why doctors have you squeeze their fingers during routine checkups.)

Scaly skin patches

Sometimes the skin gets red and scaly simply because of inadequate moisture. This is something we can easily treat through basic skin care.

However, if scaled and flaky skin patches aren’t responsive to self-care, it’s time to schedule a checkup. Red, rough patches can be indicative of skin conditions that range from mild to severe.

Perhaps the most important reason to visit a doctor when dealing with persistent scaly skin is to rule out the possibility of precancerous growths (these usually appear as small, wart-like dry patches.)

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