Posted on 09/20/2019 in Other

5 Reasons Why Nails Turn Yellow

5 Reasons Why Nails Turn Yellow

Yellow nails can be a sign of a variety of conditions and health problems. Smoking, old age, and even liver dysfunction can cause the nail color to change. Your nails can also become yellow if they have been stained by nail polish. Let's review some of the possible reasons for yellow nails and look at how to get rid of it.

1. Red or Orange Nail Polish 

The pigment which is contained in nail polish may sometimes give your nails a yellowish tint that remains even after removing the varnish. Another cosmetic reason for yellow nails is excessive use of acetone-based nail polish removers. Yellow nails look unaesthetic, but this is insignificant for any health risk. As it grows, the nail plate will acquire its normal color.

2. Smoking

Nicotine in cigarettes turns nails and fingers to a yellow-brown color over time.  The same thing happens to the teeth. Yellow teeth, nails, and fingers are one of the side effects of this bad habit.

3. Fungal Infection

Most often fungal infection affects the toenails but it can also spread to the hands. Yellowing is only the first symptom. This infection also thickens the nails. In general, if you faced a fungal infection, it will do more than just change the color of your nails.

4. Aging

With age, your nails will naturally change their color, thickness, and shape. This is completely normal and you shouldn’t worry about these changes.

5. Serious Diseases

Yellow nails which are constantly yellow can be a sign of some serious disorders such as psoriasis, thyroid disease, diabetes or tuberculosis. This condition can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis. 

Yellowing of nails also accompanies certain cancer types. There is also a rare medical condition, which is called Yellow nail syndrome. The reasons for this condition are not yet known. We only know that this syndrome usually affects people over the age of 50 and is accompanied by problems with breathing and swelling of the lower extremities.

What to Do? 

If you have even the slightest doubt about the causes of yellowing, you should visit a therapist or dermatologist. Also, a doctor’s consultation is necessary if the color change is accompanied by additional symptoms such as:

  • pain in the area of the nails

  • changes in their shape or thickness

  • swelling of the skin around the nail plate

  • bleeding from under the nail

The doctor will listen to your complaints, conduct an examination, and possibly prescribe a series of tests to determine a particular disease. Then the doctor will prescribe medications that will help you cope with the problem. 

Home Remedies

1. Tea tree oil

Add one or two drops of tea tree oil to a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil and apply this mixture on your nails. Tea tree helps brighten the nail color and stops the fungal infection. To make the procedure more effective, you can repeat it a couple of times a day for a few days in a row.

2. Baking soda

Dilute two or three teaspoons of soda in 4 glasses of warm water and hold your fingers in it for 10 or 15 minutes. Repeat this procedure once or twice a day. 

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Wipe your nails twice a day with a cotton pad dipped in hydrogen peroxide. You should repeat this procedure daily until the natural nail color returns.

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