Clusters of waxy bumps that suddenly appear on your skin

What it may be telling you: You have skyrocketing cholesterol levels or diabetes.

Eruptive xanthomatosis bumps can often look like pimples

The sudden appearance of these bumps can look like a rash, warts, or a contagious skin condition called molluscum contagiosum. These bumps are actually fatty deposits of cholesterol caused by extremely high levels of triglycerides (type of cholesterol) in the blood.

Treatment is essential to lower the triglycerides and treat any serious medical conditions, such as heart disease caused by the high cholesterol levels.

Medical name: Eruptive xanthoma (refers to the sudden appearance of many fatty deposits of cholesterol)

Nails curve downward and the ends of your fingers are swollen

Clubbing causes nails to curve down

What it may be telling you: You may have a heart infection, heart disease, or lung problem. For many people, these signs are harmless. That said, if your fingers and nails look like this, it’s best to find out if you may have a medical condition, such as lung disease or a heart problem.

Medical name: Clubbing (term describes the downward turned nails and swollen fingers)

Red or purple lines under your nails

Red or purple lines under nails

What it may be telling you: Most people who see these lines under their nails have injured the nail in some way. If you cannot remember injuring your nail, you may want to see your doctor. These lines can be a sign of heart disease or another condition.

When it’s a sign of heart disease, people tend to have symptoms, such as high fever and a weak or irregular heartbeat.

Medical name: Splinter hemorrhage (line often looks like a splinter stuck under the nail)

Smooth, waxy lumps on your skin

Nodules of systemic amyloidosis on fingers

What it may be telling you: You have protein deposits in your heart or another organ.

These waxy lumps can appear anywhere on the skin. They often indicate that there’s an abnormal buildup of protein in an organ, such as your heart. If protein builds up in the heart, it’s hard for the heart to work properly.

Medical name: Nodules of systemic amyloidosis (“nodule” means lump and amyloidosis refers to the type of protein that has built up)

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