In case you never knew, your hands are a clear indicator of your health. When there are abnormalities in the body or thyroid problems, your hands and fingernails may show a marked change. This is why whenever you notice any changes in your hands and nails; you should always see a doctor. Even your doctor will admit that the hands condition can reveal the medical changes going on in your body. Here are 15 symptoms appearing on hands that are a sign of a medical problem or change in your body.
Palmar erythema as red palms are scientifically called indicates problems with your liver. This usually occurs in people over 50. The redness can be seen in the outer edge of the palm and the base of thumb area. Other possible reasons are hormonal changes that can cause dilation in blood vessels.
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2.Red palms also indicate rheumatoid arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis is also a medical condition signaled by red palms. If you notice your palms redder than usual and for several days, you need to find out why. Switching to a healthier diet and reducing alcohol may help.
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Sweaty palms can be the cause of several reasons. These can be a tendency for excess sweating, stress, thyroid problems such as overactive thyroid. In event of hyperhidrosis, the medical term for sweaty palms, one can apply antiperspirants or see a doctor to treat the condition.
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4.Loss of sensitivity and tingling
Some people may often awake to find one of their limbs without any sensation like cramps and then a tingling soon after movement. Usually, it could be due to prolonged pressure on the sensory nerve and when the nerve is trying to get back to work, that’s the time the tingling starts.
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5.More serious conditions
More serious problems could be the cause of arm insensitivity such as cervical osteochondrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, venous thrombosis of the limb, brachial plexus injury and anemia or diabetes. A doctor should always be consulted for such problems.
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Dehydration and estrogen deficiency are two common causes of dry hands. This is also associated with menopause. One can avoid such conditions by applying moisturizers and including fish, seeds and nuts into the diet. Your doctor should be also consulted for hormonal replacement therapy.
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Shaking hands are a usual sign of medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. You should consult a doctor when such things occur for long periods of time. Reduce coffee and alcohol intake as they too cause neurological symptoms like trembling hands. Stress and anxiety are also the cause of trembling hands.
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When you have weak or cracked nails, this could be caused by a zinc deficiency. Your body needs zinc as an important mineral essential for healing wounds, cell division, and strong immunity. You can eat more foods rich in zinc like nuts, oats, chicken, meat, beans and mushrooms. Consult with your doctor for a zinc supplement if you do have zinc deficiency.
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When your fingers start to look like a drumstick and there is a bulbous type of end at the nail and the finger, then this is most probably an indication of oxygen deficiency or a serious condition such as heart or lung disease. The condition is known as clubbing and warrants immediate medical attention and advice.
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10.Cracked or weak nails
If you find that your nails are cracking or chipping, then it indicates a zinc deficiency. Zinc promotes skin cell growth and regeneration. You can add zinc-rich foods to your diet such as wheat germ, oats, meat and nuts.
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11.Peeling and Flaky Skin
When you notice that the skin of your fingertips are all peeling and flaky, then it means you may be having a vitamin B deficiency. B vitamins like biotin and niacin are essential for healthy skin. Niacin repairs skin by prevention of melanin formation and promotes the production of collagen. Niacin-rich foods are peanuts, fish, and mushrooms. Foods rich in biotin are avocados and tuna.
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When you notice your fingertips turning from white to blue and again to red, it could signify Raynaud’s syndrome. The condition causes numbness and tingling and happens because of blood vessel spasm and reduced circulation. The actual cause is still unknown, however, medication by your doctor will help and so will wearing gloves. Avoid stress, smoking and exposure to very cold temperatures.
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13.Dark pigment streaks on nails
A dark pigmented streak across your nail bed is an immediate cause for concern and you should visit your doctor immediately. The mark could be a sign of early melanoma although this particular type of skin cancer is very rare. Whenever you go to a doctor, always make sure you remove nail polish from nails so that a thorough evaluation can be made.
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14.Brown spots on hands
Brown spots are due to aging and which are also liver spots that can be caused by sun UV exposure. It is most noticeable on drivers where hands on the steering wheel are always exposed o sunlight entering through the windshield. Always apply a good SPF sunscreen when venturing out or driving in the sun.
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15.Hand signs that signal spine damage
When you are suffering from spinal damage, this gets manifested through the little finger of the left hand. This could also be due to the pressure and harm done to nerves. To remedy this, you could consult a trainer or orthopedic and do some back stretches, yoga or swimming. Avoid prolonged sitting.
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