• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: What do your fingernails say about your health?

July 2, 2018

a close-up of a woman's hands intertwined, with healthy skin and fingernails

THIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Fingernails: Do's and don'ts for healthy nails 
Take a close look at your fingernails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less-than-desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care. Others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention. Here's what you need to know.

Epilepsy: Diagnosis and treatment 
Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures. Anyone can develop epilepsy. It affects people of all races, ethnic backgrounds and ages. Learn about the diagnosis of epilepsy and the treatment options that might be right for you.

EXPERT ANSWERS
How does lupus affect my kidneys?
About half the people who have systemic lupus erythematosus develop some form of kidney inflammation, called "lupus nephritis." This inflammation can lead to kidney failure, but the course of lupus and its effects on the kidneys is variable and hard to predict. Learn more from Dr. Carl Anderson, an emeritus Mayo Clinic nephrologist.

What's the best way to manage scalp psoriasis? 
The red, itchy areas of scalp psoriasis, with silvery-white scales that often extend beyond the hairline, can be tricky to treat. Scratching can worsen the condition, and your hair can prevent medication from reaching your scalp. Here, Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist, offers some solutions that may help.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Heartburn or heart attack: When to worry
Cervical spondylosis
Electrical burns: First aid
Video: 'Triathlete transplant'

HEALTHY RECIPES
Roasted salmon with maple glaze
Grilled chicken salad with buttermilk dressing
Quiche
Grilled angel food cake

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Don't believe shaving myths
Contrary to popular belief, shaving hair doesn't make it grow back thicker, darker or faster. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip that can feel coarse as the hair grows out. During this phase, the hair might appear darker or thicker, but it's not.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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