A nail artist is doing a lot more than giving her clients manicures; she's helping to save their lives by recognizing a tell-tale sign of a deadly form of skin cancer: melanoma. A melanoma can appear under a person's fingernail and be dismissed as a bruise or a harmless injury. However, dark lines or spots under the nail should be taken seriously right away, and Lisa Harrison Williams is pointing people in the right direction.
A dark line indicative of a melanoma. Lisa Williams Harris became alarmed when one of her clients presented with a dark line under her nail. She told her client to consult with a doctor right away. She later found out that it was an aggressive form of skin cancer.
A multitude of causes. Your nails might be displaying a multitude of signs or symptoms indicating that something is going on with your body. Nail artists like Lisa Harrison Williams are doing their clients a favor by alerting them to the possible problem, and encouraging them to see a doctor.
Melanoma. This is another example of a melanoma. Lisa Harrison Williams' client returned to Lisa's salon, and confirmed that she did have an aggressive melanoma.
Gnawed nails. If you are an adult who still bites your nails, you might have serious anxiety or OCD. If you are so anxious or stressed that you're biting your nails, you may want to consult with a therapist to get your stress under control.
Cracked or split nails. Cracked nails are a common sign of thyroid disease. If your nails are cracked and they have a yellowish hue, you may have a fungal infection.
Puffy nail fold. If your nail folds are puffy and inflamed, you most likely have some sort of infection. If not, it could be an indicator of lupus.
Rippled or pitted nails. If your nails are rippled or pitted, the most common cause is psoriasis. Another possible condition is inflammatory arthritis
Bluish nails. If your nails look bluish, there is a serious lack of oxygen. You might have a heart problem or emphysema.