Don’t freak out — changes in colour on our body are pretty normal. But when these changes occur in certain areas and products of your body, it can tell you important information about the state of your health.
Here are some of the areas of your body it pays to be aware of — and yes, your poo is included. (Sorry not sorry.)
If you constantly have your nails painted, it’s good to give them a rest once in a while so you can pay attention to how your nails are naturally looking, particularly in terms of colour. Here are some changes that can indicate health issues.
A common but difficult-to-fix discolouration of the nails is fungal infection, which can cause your nails to turn a slight green colour (this is called onchychomycosis). See your doctor for treatment options if this is the case.
Your tongue isn't just there to taste delicious food; it can also serve as a little messenger for what's happening way further down in your body. The following colours on your tongue can indicate different health issues.
Dr Nespolon explains that if you notice a dark area in the middle or on other parts of the tongue, you might have hairy tongue. This is commonly caused by antibiotics, smoking, or alcohol. The black colour is caused by a fungus that grows in small areas.
There are a few other reasons why your tongue can have black spots on it, including from oral piercings, exposure to chemicals, ailments and oral cancer. Be sure to see your doctor to narrow down what the cause is.
White spots can indicate that your tongue is very dry. They can also be a sign of oral cancer or leukoplakia, or that you have Lichen planus. Dr Nespolon also explains that while many people think white patches on your tongue can indicate thrush, this generally only occurs in infants, older patients, and some people with systemic diseases such as diabetes or asthmatics who take steroids.
But do visit your local GP if you notice the patches, just to determine what the cause actually is.