Your nails can tell you a lot about your overall wellbeing. Calcium deficiencies, liver trouble and a chronic lung condition are just some of the things your nails can tell you about your health. One of our most common nail problems, however, are yellow nails. These are usually brought on by overuse of nail paints. While we've all suffered from yellow nails, do you know what really causes them? Is it your nail polish, your eating habits or just your lifestyle? Let's jump in and find out!
1. Nail polish - Applying nail polish for extended periods of time can lead to yellowing of your nails. The most common culprit is dark nail polish. You can avoid staining your nails by using a base coat before applying any nail polish. This will ensure that the dyes from the nail paint don't seep through and stain your nails.
2. Smoking - Excessive smoking can cause yellow nails. The best way to identify it is to stop smoking for a few weeks and see if the colour of your nails changes.
3. Fungal infections - Unsterilised tools at the salon, dark nail paints and poor hygiene can cause fungal infections, making your nails yellow and brittle. This may or may not be associated with a foul smell. It's best to see a doctor and seek treatment at the earliest.
4. An underlying medical issue - Yellow nails can also be caused by medical conditions like thyroid, liver disease, low iron and zinc levels in the body. If you don't smoke or apply nail polish regularly and you have yellow nails, you may want to look into seeking medical help. It may be your body's way of telling you that something's not right.
The treatment of yellow nails is largely dependent on the cause. If the cause of your yellow nails is due to excessive use of nail polish or regular wear and tear, use one of the following home remedies to get rid of yellow nails.
Baking soda is alkaline in nature and it helps to balance your pH level getting rid of fungal infections and minor irritations. Soak a bowl full of warm water and add a spoon of baking soda. Soak your fingers in this for a few minutes and your nails should be brighter in a couple of uses. Alternatively, make a paste of baking soda and some hydrogen peroxide and cover your nails with the mixture. After a few minutes rinse your hands with some warm water and rub your nails clean. Doing this every 6-8 weeks will help keep your nails healthy.
We all know that lime has more topical application recipes than any other natural ingredient. Add some lime juice and wedges to warm water and soak your hands in the mixture for a few days. You will see a mild bleaching effect on your hands and nails. You can even rub a wedge of lime over your nails for a cleansing effect.
Yep, those whitening kinds of toothpaste can do more than just whiten your teeth. Put some toothpaste on an old toothbrush or on your nails and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. Use the brush to scrub it off. Your nails should look brighter and cleaner after this.
Buy a good quality buffer and gently buff off the first layer of your nails. That's the layer that holds all those pesky yellow stains. Don't buff your nails too much and don't do this regularly as buffing makes your nails susceptible to breakage.
If neither of these home remedies work, you may want to go indulge in some self-love! Get a manicure and leave the grooming up to the experts. Don't ignore yellow nails, they are always an indicator of your health and general wellbeing.