There are many ways that our bodies can send a lot of small signs or messages to us, about our health condition. These simple messages usually are hair loss, changing skin pigment, acne, how much time it takes for a wound to heal. All of these are statuses of nutrients, food intolerance, and can be sometimes symptoms of very serious diseases like cancer or diabetes.
There is a small area on our body, that no one has ever asked himself what does it do, what does it help for. Can it actually provide something, or is it just a mark -- that is the little half-moon on our nails of our fingers, it is called lunula.
What is the lunula?
The lunula is not exactly on your nail, it is right underneath your nail on the skin, it is a protective shield of the blood vessels in that area. Everybody has one, even if you can only see it on your thumb and not on every finger, it is there. It plays a huge role in the growth and shape of your nail. If it is somehow damaged, it can change the look and growth of your nails forever!
What does you lunula mean for your health?
A study was done in 1996 and was published in the Academy of Dermatology-Journal. It has shown that lunula can warn you in three different ways that you are facing serious health issues: Through its color, shape and size. Normally the lunula should be in a shape of a half-moon, taking 5th of your nail and be ivory. If a change appears visit your doctor or a health specialist right away!
As we said before, the lunal should take a 5th of your nail, if it is bigger or smaller, you have a problem.
Macrolunula: This is a condition when it gets much larger and bigger. But for ethnicities from Indian descent, it is totally normal. On the other hand, this could mean an endocrine disorder like hyperthyroidism.
Microlunula and anolunula: This condition is when the lunal is gone or it is very small. For people from African descent, microlunula is normal and is age-related, it can signify many other problems like:
- Nail diseases
- Chromosomal diseases
- Cardiovascular artherosclerosis (arteries getting harder)
- Nerve injury
- Endocrine disorders like, hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Renal failure
- Lack of iron and malnutrition
If your lunula shape is not as is should be, a half-moon that means that you will grow misshapen nails. When something is not right, your lunula will signal you through its shape, it will become triangular or more squared. The change of the lunal shape can mean many things:
- Nail trauma
- Osteo-onychodysplasia: it is also called the Turner’s Syndrome, which provides many deformities, discomfort and pain. Usually it is hereditary.
- Trisomy: Down Syndrome, Patau Syndrome, Edward Syndrome (chromisomal drisorders)
The lunula should be ivory in its color, but for those which are more dark-skin, their lunula has some blue on it too. If you spot any of the following colors below in the article make sure you visit your doctor, to make sure you are not sick of any of the diseases that are possible.
- Yellow: This means exposure to pesticides and insects.
- Blue: It can be caused from a systematic drug, like chemotherapy drugs, Exlax, or other HIV and cancer drugs. The blue lunula is also connected with Hemoglobin M disease and Wilson’s disease.
- White: It should be whiter than the rest of your nail, but extremely white may mean something bad. Also it is known as Leukonychia, it is a disease which is often seen in people with chronic renal failures. Also in the ones with cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, diabetes or heart failures.
The Bottom Line
As you saw for yourself, the nails send a lot of signals for your health condition, especially your lunula. But if any of these things appear just don’t panic, visit your doctor. Check the symptoms, and see if you are sick from any of the diseases, if any medication is needed. Just a quick check-up, that’s all.
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