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Can Nails Stain? What Yellowing Nails Mean

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Many people don’t realize that your nails can tell you a lot about your overall health. If you find yourself with yellow nails, you may wonder what are the causes of yellow nails and how to get rid of the discoloration. Sometimes the solution can be an easy fix but if there is an underlying health problem, that will need to be addressed first before focusing on your nails. Finding the cause of nail discoloration can be tricky. Nails that have been damaged or stained from polish will have new growth that is clear and healthy but if your new growth is still discolored, there could be other issues that need attention.

What Causes Nails To Turn Yellow?

As we mentioned, some causes of yellowing can be from simpler causes like nail polish, lack of vitamins and minerals, or certain types of nail fungus. These can be prevented or treated by taking multivitamins, properly using base coats, and fungus medications. Psoriasis can also cause yellow nails which can be treated with certain skin medications. More serious causes include diabetes, as well as lung, thyroid, and lymphatic conditions. Finding the underlying cause is important for your overall health. If your nails are just discolored, here are some ways to get rid of it.

How To Clean Yellow Nails

Having stained or yellow nails can be unappealing at times. Luckily, there are ways to treating as well as preventing yellow fingernails. Below are a few simple steps using household items that provide sensible care for your nails.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has high acidic pH levels that make it hard for bacteria and fungus to grow. Soaking your hands and feet in warm water mixed with baking soda can stop the spreading of fungus and kill bacteria. Doing this for a few weeks can help the appearance of your nails leaving them clearer and healthier.

Hydrogen Peroxide

A multi-use stain remover, hydrogen peroxide can also help clear up yellow nails. This combined with baking soda is a great tool to rid stains caused by polish. Hydrogen peroxide will go deep into the nails and with its oxidizing capabilities can lessen the yellow color.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can effectively combat certain fungi that can form on your nails. The oil is known to have antibacterial properties as well and it can be great to help with discoloration that is caused by bacteria or fungus. Mix a small amount of tea tree oil with another base oil such as olive or coconut oil and apply to the affected nail.

Prescription Medications

If the home remedies above aren’t sufficient to remove the discoloration from fungus or yeast, there are some prescription medications that can be used for treatment. Speak with your doctor for the best treatment and take all medications as they are prescribed.

How to Prevent Yellow Nails

You can prevent yellow nails by using proper hygiene and making sure to use products correctly. Check nail salons for cleanliness and the use of clean tools. Change your socks often to prevent moisture build-up. Try not to use nail polish remover often or find one that doesn’t have acetone. Make sure to use clear base coats before applying color to your nails. Lastly, trim nails and remove dirt and debris often.

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Grace is a self-proclaimed plant aficionado and self care advocate. At any given time, you can catch her penning new pieces about the latest house plant hacks, home décor, trends in the beauty space, and self care tips that promote better sleeping and even better living. Catch her snapping pictures of her newest succulents or out on the trails in her new home of Colorado.
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