Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

What Are Your Nails Telling You?

You see them every day. But how close are you really paying attention? Your fingernails are likely not getting the second glance they deserve. Nail fungus may be on your radar to detect, as it presents a more obvious dark or yellowing patch on the nail that eventually emits a foul odor and become painful. However, noticing more subtle nail symptoms or changes in color, thickness and texture can be an indicator of other health issues going on, some serious and others that are easily managed. Here is a list of common nail symptoms and what they may be telling you about your overall health:

  • Brittle– Also called onychorrhexis, it is a very common nail condition that affects up to 20% of the population. Although aging is the primary cause of brittle nails, it can also signal health conditions such as hypothyroidism, malnutrition or even psoriasis.
  • Depressed– This is not referring to sad nails. Instead, a nail that has depressions or indentions going across may be noticeable after illness or injury, or if you are malnourished.
  • Abnormally Shaped – Koilonychia is when the fingernail has raised ridges and is thin and curved inward. If your nails look like this, you need to be checked for iron deficiency anemia.
  • White Spots – Do you notice white spots or streaks on your nails? This has several causes. It can be a sign you have a nutritional deficiency, such as protein, calcium or zinc. Your white spots could also be a warning sign for nail fungus or even an allergic reaction.

A dermatologist, such as Olansky Dermatology Associates, is the appropriate specialist to see about changes or concerns in nails. In fact, The American Academy of Dermatology reports that up to 10 percent of dermatological complaints are nail problems. Although your nail problem may be as simple as too much exposure to dish soap, it can also be a sign that something more serious going on in your body. Thyroid, liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, as well as anemia and diabetes all present symptoms in your fingernails. A detailed look at the color and feel of your fingernails on a regular basis is a simple step that goes a long way in your overall health!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Our Happy Patients

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
Thank You

Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.