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10 Nail Symptoms and What They Mean for Your Health!

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Did you know that the color, texture, and shape of the nails are all a window into the body? Although some nail symptoms are innocuous, others may be a sign of chronic disease, even cancer. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes.”

Even the growth of your nails may be a sign of your underlying health. Healthy nails grow up to 3.5 millimeters on a monthly basis, but factors like medications, trauma, nutritional status, and aging process have a huge effect on their growth.

In case you notice any changes in your nails, such as changes in shape and thickness, discoloration, or swelling, consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. Although the change may be harmless, sometimes something as serious as diabetes could be the cause.

10 Nail Symptoms and What They Mean for Your Health:

  1. Yellow Nails

There are many reasons why your nails may yellow, such as aging, smoking, and use of nail polish and acrylic nails. If they are yellow, crumbly, and thick, it is very likely that a fungal infection is the underlying cause. Although rarely, conditions like thyroid disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, and psoriasis could also be to blame.

  1. Dry, Cracked or Brittle Nails

Lifestyle factors play a significant role in this case, such as if you are exposed to chemicals, live in an area with low humidity, have your hands in water very often,  or use nails polish remover on a regular basis. Fungal infection and thyroid disease, especially hypothyroidism, may also be the causes of cracking and splitting.  Brittle nails may result from deficiency in biotin or vitamins A and C.

  1. Clubbing

Clubbing is described as enlargement of the fingertips, accompanied with the nail becoming curved downward.  It can be related to low oxygen in the blood and lung disease as well as heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, and AIDS.

  1. White Spots

White spots on the nails are typically sign of nail trauma.  They are usually not a big deal, and tend to fade away or grow out in a while on their own.  In some instances, they may indicate a fungal infection.

  1. Horizontal Ridges

According to John Anthony, M.D., a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio “This is typically the result of direct trauma to the nail or a more serious illness, in which case you’ll see it on more than one nail at a time … Your body is literally saying, ‘I’ve got better things to do than make nails’ and pauses their growth.” Also known as Beau`s lines, horizontal ridges may also be result of uncontrolled diabetes, zinc deficiency, circulatory disease, or psoriasis.  On the other hand, another type of horizontal line called Mees` lines may be due to malaria, leprosy, carbon monoxide poisoning, arsenic poisoning, and Hodgkin`s disease.

  1. Vertical Ridges

Vertical ridges are most common in older individuals, as they are sign of aging and are not a cause for concern. In some cases, vertical ridges may be a sign of nutrient deficiency like deficiency in magnesium and vitamin B12.

  1. Spoon Nails

If the nails curve upward at the edges, resembling a spoon, it is very likely that you are deficient in iron or suffer from heart disease or hypothyroidism.

  1. Pitting

Having multiple pits on the nails is typically a sign of psoriasis. “Typically, pitting occurs in around half of people with psoriasis and 80 percent of people with psoriatic arthritis,” Chen says. Nail pitting may be also caused by connective tissue disorders or alopecia areata, the disease that causes hair loss.

  1. Dark Discolorations

If you notice black streaks and painful growth on the nail, consult a doctor right away as they may be due to melanoma.

  1. White Nails with a Strip of Pink

If your nails are white with a strip of pink, it may indicate congestive heart failure, diabetes, kidney failure, or liver disease.

Simple Nail Care Tips

  • Eat a balanced, whole-food diet ( high in protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals)
  • Protect the nails from excessive exposure to water or chemicals
  • Minimize the use of nail polish and artificial nails
  • Keep the nails trimmed relatively short

Rub some coconut oil onto the nails on a regular basis to keep them moisturized

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

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Man Dies Just 48 Hours After Contracting Flesh-Eating Bacteria In Florida – Now His Daughter Wants To Warn Others

Dave Bennett from Tennessee has died 48 hours after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while on a trip to Florida to visit his daughter.

Taking to Facebook to share the story, Cheryl Bennett Wiygul, explained how her dad, Dave Bennett, contracted Vibrio vulnificus which later killed him and issued a warning that she believes people should heed. In the post she wrote,

“Flesh eating bacteria sounds like an urban legend. Let me assure you that it is not. It took my Dad’s life. This is so raw and personal to me that I did not want to post about it, but if I can help one person, then it is worth it.”

Cheryl revealed that her dad had cancer and as a result, his immune system was compromised. Cheryl’s dad along with the rest of Cheryl’s family had fun and enjoyed family time out in the water near Crab Island during their visit to Florida. They had no idea of what was about to happen.

Before her family’s visit, Cheryl had heard of a 12-year-old girl who had contracted bacteria through an open wound that began to eat her flesh but didn’t think much of it.  In her post she writes.

“My parents were coming down to stay with me in Florida about a week after the post about a 12 year old girl contracting bacteria that turned into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh eating bacteria) in Destin started circling around. I didn’t want to believe that.

“My family loves being in the water. Our county, Okaloosa County, posted an article titled “Rumor Control” in response to the post which seemed to diffuse everyone’s fears. The girl had a cut on her leg so I felt like it reinforced to me not to go in with a cut. I researched a little. When my parents got in town I was fanatical about Neosporin and liquid band-aid.

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“My Dad didn’t have any open wounds. He had a couple places that were practicality healed small scratches on his arms and legs that I made sure were super sealed up. My mom religiously sun-blocked him. We were taking precautions and we were good, so I thought.”

However, Dave Bennett had unfortunately contracted a potentially deadly bacteria. Early the next morning, on a Saturday, Dave awoke with fever, chills and cramping. Soon afterwards, he developed pain in his legs and a badly swollen black spot on his back.

Dave was rushed to the hospital and put on IV antibiotics. Several spots started to appear on his skin. The next day, on a Sunday, he passed away.

“There were no bacteria warnings at any beach or park we went to,” Cheryl wrote. “They do post advisories for high bacteria but there were none. I would never have taken my Dad in the water if there was a bacteria advisory but it would have been because I didn’t want him to get a stomach virus not because I thought it would kill him.”

Vibrio bacteria live in certain coastal waters and are found in higher concentrations between May and October and is the cause of as many as 100 deaths in the U.S. each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cheryl and her family. May God’s love and grace comfort them.

Please remember to share Cheryl’s warning about this potentially deadly bacteria, You may just save a life.

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

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A plant that can cause LIFETIME blindness & burns is spreading across the US

Heracleum mantegazzianum or ‘the giant hogweed’ has been described by many as a ‘horror’ plant. Hogweed has been constantly spreading and growing across the US states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington.

Hogweed is a beautiful plant but touching it can cause lifelong consequences such as permanent scars and burns or possibly blindness if it comes in contact with your eyes.

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It grows between 8-14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit 5 feet in diameter.

There are a number of life-threatening plants out there that irritate our skin when touched or poison us if consumed. But giant Hogweed is one of the deadliest.

The plant is known by many names such as cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane.

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What makes Hogweed Dangerous?

Hogweed has a special sap that contains a chemical called Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.

The chemical makes the plant extremely sensitive to light for growth and better health.

When you touch Hogweed, it will immediately make the area of contact extremely prone to sunburns which may lead to skin problems.

“Once you get it on you, it makes your skin unable to protect itself from the sun.”

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If by any chance the sap comes in contact with your eyes, the extreme sensitivity to light can possibly cause blindness.

What to do if the sap gets on your skin

To lessen the damage, wash the affected area with soap and water and contact your physician immediately. A doctor may prescribe medicine that will help it heal faster. Cover your skin to protect it from sunlight for the next few days.

If you spot giant hogweed in your backyard, do not try to get rid of it by yourself. Instead, contact a pro plant control specialist as soon as possible.

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

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7-Year-Old’s Bruises Get Worse Daily, By The Time They Realize It’s Meningitis It’s Too Late To Save Her Legs

Everything was going great for Aimee and her new husband, Craig. They were loving every moment of their honeymoon which had just started, but quickly their fairy tale turned into a nightmare.

It all started when their daughter, Brogan, began to develop black and blue marks all over her body. Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Initially, everyone assumed that Brogan’s bruises were simply a consequence of a child being a child. Even the physicians at a local hospital simply brushed it off for a minor skin issue.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

Just 14 days after she stood beside her mom at the altar, little Brogan was left fighting for her life in a hospital bed.

However, when Aimee realized that the spots had spread to the other parts of Brogan’s body, she knew it was something gravely serious.

She immediately rushed to the doctors who realized the cause rapidly this time.

The 7-year-old showed clear indications of meningitis. She was then rushed to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham.

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Meningococcal meningitis is a possible life-threatening illness and seeing as Brogan’s treatment started so late, there wasn’t much that doctors could do. They were forced to amputate Brogan’s left leg in order to save her life.

“It looked nothing like a rash, it looked more like bruising – at the time I never thought it was meningitis and that’s the problem. When people are aware of what symptoms to look out for with meningitis, they say look for a rash but that’s not what it looked like to me.” Aimee explained.

After the amputation, Brogan was fitted with a prosthetic leg to help her walk.

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Brogan with her parents, Craig and Aimee in the hospital

Soon after, the doctors discovered that Brogan’s other leg was also badly affected and was a threat to her life. Last year, the family and the doctors agreed to have it amputated as well.

Thank God Brogan had a strong support system in her family. “Nothing can prepare you for what meningitis does to a body, let alone a little seven-year-old girl,” Lisa Reece, Brogan’s mom’s cousin said.

Blessed with a strong and fighting spirit, she has been able to overcome all challenges life threw her way.

Brogan’s mom, Aimee, says she wants to remind other parents to be on the lookout for odd changes in their children’s bodies so that they can recognize the symptoms in time and don’t have to go through what Brogan has.

Common symptoms of meningitis:

  • Sudden high fever
  • Severe headache that seems different than normal
  • Stiff neck
  • Seizures
  • Headache with nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion or difficulty concentrating
  • Sleepiness or difficulty waking
  • No appetite or thirst
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Skin rash (sometimes, such as in meningococcal meningitis)

PS: In newborns, they often show symptoms such as: High fever, Excessive sleepiness or irritability, Poor feeding, Constant crying, Inactivity or sluggishness, Stiffness in a baby’s body and neck and a bulge in the soft spot on top of a baby’s head (fontanel)

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