You can learn a lot about your health just by looking at your nails, and there’s some red flags that you shouldn’t ignore. If you experience your nails changing color or texture, you may have an underlying health problem. Get to know these 15 symptoms so that you know when you should talk to your doctor.

15. White Spots and Stripes

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White stripes or spots are often the result of nail trauma, such as when you accidentally bend it backwards, but if you notice frequent unexplainable white spots or stripes, you may have a zinc, calcium, and/or protein deficiency. Fortunately, you can fix it by eating a nutrient-rich diet. White marks on your nails may also mean that your nails are dry, which can be prevented by using acetone-free nail polish remover.

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