Nails and your health


Pro nail care : salon secrets of the professionals
Leigh Toselli.
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2009.
The indispensable guide to nails suitable for every skill level.The care and creation of professional-looking fingernails is big business. This comprehensive guide covers everything from basic at-home nail care and the history of nail polish to how to set up a salon and master advanced techniques. Leigh Toselli provides expert guidance for both novices and professional technicians.Detailed instructions and color photographs cover:Equipment and tools, including solvents and adhesives Nail tips, wraps, acrylic nails and gels French manicures, nail art gems, gold leaf, airbrushing and stencils Nail and hand structure Nail disorders, conditions and diseases, including brittle nails, hangnails, white spots and fungal infections Skin conditions and joint problems, such as eczema, warts and arthritis.Toselli also provides step-by-step instructions for manicures and pedicures, including water manicures, hot oil manicures and paraffin wax procedures. She also includes information on hazards and precautions as well as massage tips.Complemented by more than 500 inspiring color photographs, Pro Nail Care is the complete guide to nail care.
Milady's standard nail technology exam review
[compiled by] Catherine M. Frangie.
Clifton Park, NY : Delmar Learning, c2008.
This is the primary supplement to Milady's Standard Nail Technology Revised. The Exam Review contains chapter-by-chapter questions in a multiple-choice format to help students prepare for their state board exams. The answer key at the back of the book allows students to check accuracy and identify weak areas.
Rescue your nails : a do-it-yourself guide to perfect fingers & toes
by Ji Baek.
New York, NY : Workman Pub., c2008.
Now readers don't have to go to a salon to enjoy a spa-worthy manicure or pedicure. Baek, the stylish, high-energy queen of nail care; the go-to expert for fashion designers, actors, and fashionistas; and owner of New Yorks hottest nail salons presents the definitive guide to beautiful hands and feet.
Manicure and pedicure
Rosie Watson.
London : New Holland, 2008.
Includes index.

Nails protect the nerve endings and soft tissues of the tips of your fingers and toes. They are made up of fibrous protein called keratin. Healthy nails are smooth and uniform in color. They can develop harmless conditions such as vertical ridges that are more common with age and white spots, which are due to injury.

Not all nail conditions are normal.  Nails can often reflect your state of health. You may notice discoloration and changes in growth rate of your nail. These signs can signal various lung, heart, kidney and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia and should be examined by your doctor. Changes in your nails can provide valuable clues about your overall health.

  • Pale nail beds may indicate a low red blood cell count.
  • An iron deficiency causes nail beds to be thin and concave.
  • Red nail beds may well be an indication of heart disease.
  • Nail-bitters can have an obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • White nails may perhaps be a warning of liver disease.
  • Thyroid disease is capable of producing dry, brittle nails.
  • Yellowish, thickened, slow-growing nails can signal lung disease.

Nails grow:

* 0.1 millimeters per month
* faster on fingers
* more rapidly in summer

Nail changes are seldom the first clue of serious illness. In most cases you will develop other symptoms of a disease before you see any nail changes. When in doubt, make an appointment with your doctor.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff