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Ever Wondered What The Half Moon Shape On Your Nails Mean?

Our nails aren't just a bunch of dead cells meant to decorate and flaunt nail art with matching clothes. They are a very important part of our body since nails carry symptoms of many diseases, including cancer. Don't worry, we're not here to scare you this time!

Have you noticed a crescent-shaped whitish area at the bed of a fingernail while trying to stop biting nails for the 1000th time? It isn't just an area of pigment change under the nails; in fact, it is a highly sensitive area and you should make sure it doesn't get damaged.

Ever Wondered What The Half Moon Shape On Your Nails Mean?

Ever Wondered What The Half Moon Shape On Your Nails Mean?

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This whitish half-moon on the nails is quite sensitive and must be taken care of.

This whitish half-moon on the nails is quite sensitive and must be taken care of.

This crescent-shaped whitish area is called 'lunula' which means small moon in Latin.

This crescent-shaped whitish area is called 'lunula' which means small moon in Latin.

It is the visible part of the nail's root and if the lunula gets damaged, the entire nail gets permanently deformed.

It is the visible part of the nail's root and if the lunula gets damaged, the entire nail gets permanently deformed.

Though it's safe if the rest of the nail gets damaged or gets surgically removed since the lunula stays intact and safe.

Lunula:

Lunula:

The lunula is most visible on thumbs and might be faintly visible due to eponychium, the thickened layer of skin surrounding fingernails and toenails that cover the lunula.

The lunula is known to indicate health conditions of a person as well.

The lunula is known to indicate health conditions of a person as well.

According to Chinese alternative medicine, a lack of lunula indicates anemia and malnutrition while a bluish/pale lunula indicates possible diabetes. 

Reddish smudges on the lunula might be an indication of cardiovascular diseases.

Reddish smudges on the lunula might be an indication of cardiovascular diseases.

A lack of lunula (or a very small one) indicates indigestion and toxin overload in the body.

And guess what! You can paint your nails in half-moon style as well!

And guess what! You can paint your nails in half-moon style as well!

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