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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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Are fingernails a living thing?

Are fingernails a living thing?

Keratin: Fingernails, like hair, are composed of a protein called keratin. Though made by specialized living cells in the nail matrix, keratin is a product and as such is not alive. ...Read more

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Why do my fingernail have lines?

Why do my fingernail have lines?

Lots of reasons: When you say "lines" it is difficult to say as there are many types of lines. The most common lines seen are longitudinal (running along the length of the nail). More specifically, longitudinal melanonychia means dark lines along the nails. This can be variant of normal, particularly in persons with dark skin. However, any new line of pigmentation should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Fingernails that curl under why?

Ingrown nail: Ingrown nail is said to be due to tight shoes. Then try wider shoes. See your doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Losing fingernails and discoloring?

Losing fingernails and discoloring?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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Why are there white marks on my fingernails?

Why are there white marks on my fingernails?

Be checked: That sounds like mees lines, which can be a sign of heavy metal poisoning or renal failure. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

Nail ridges: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more

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Why am I losing my half moons on my fingernails?

Why am I losing my half moons on my fingernails?

Can't say for sure: This is an interesting question without a definitive answer. No one knows for sure but the most thorough answer I found is it could be due to "poor circulation, anemia, fatigue, not enough oxygenation or exercise, heart disease, imbalanced nervous system, numbness, protein deficiency, vitamin a deficiency, low "chi." but none of this is proven. Another website said it means low thyroid. See comment:. ...Read more

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What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

Many reasons: Vertical ridges on nails are basically harmless & can be related to heredity, aging, & nail dryness or injury. The appearance of ridges may be reduced by regular moisturizing of the nail & cuticle & avoidance of harsh soaps that are drying. Nail appearance can reflect overall health and nutrient status so supplementation may help. Consider fish oil, biotin, &/or a multivitamin with minerals. ...Read more

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Why might someone have white marks on their fingernails?

Why might someone have white marks on their fingernails?

Maybe minor injuries: They are benign. Usually no cause is identified. No harm. They are tax-free. Ignore them. ...Read more

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What foods should I eat for strengthening my fingernails?

Great question: Unless you are malnourished, what you eat has little to do with nail health. I have seen nails get harder with oral biotin (2.5 gm daily).
Don't fall for the gelatin myth- that does nothing. ...Read more

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What causes bumps in fingernails?

What causes bumps in fingernails?

Varies: Bumps in the fingernails of patients can result from trauma or focal compression on the nail matrix. It can also be a sign of a systemic disease process. Follow with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you stop biting fingernails?

How can you stop biting fingernails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it has been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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How can I stop biting my fingernails?

How can I stop biting my fingernails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more

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What can purple fingernails determine?

What can purple fingernails determine?

Nail polish?: Probably not nail polish. The blueness suggests blood flow issues in the tissue. A blockage in circulation is the suggestion. Your hands are cool? Is there any swelling? Do they change colors in the cold? I am assuming that the blueness is not in the nail at all but actually in the tissue of the fingers. We need to understand why you have these circulatory changes - vessel blockage? ...Read more

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What do I do for an infected fingernail?

Infection: The mainstay of treatment for finger infections is antibiotics and proper wound care. The proper wound care varies for each of the different infections. This can range from a simple incision and drainage of the wound to an extensive surgical exploration of the wound to remove as much infected material as possible. ...Read more

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What causes ridges & bumps on fingernails?

A number of things: Nail issues really need to be examined to determine a clear diagnosis and possible cause. However, some ridges can be entirely normal. Repetitive trauma can cause nail changes as can disease states. ...Read more

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How to take care fingernails during chemo?

How to take care fingernails during chemo?

Nothing special: Nails are affected in some patients but the effects are quite varied. Most often it is a change in color or a slowed growth. Rarely nails can fall off due to slowed or shut down of their growth. But these effects are temporary and the new nails will grow back. So you just have to put up with this problem like you do with hair loss. Certainly ladies can use nail polish to cover up the color changes. ...Read more

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What causes ridges and bumps on fingernails?

It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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How do you rid yourself of bumpy fingernails?

How do you rid yourself of bumpy fingernails?

Med: There is a medication called genadur that may correct this problem. I would see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. This way you can get the best treatment for the problem. ...Read more

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What effect do long fingernails during sex have?

Injury!: I am guessing what your question means.

If someone with long fingernails is not careful, they could cause injury to sensitive body parts. Their own and their partner's. ...Read more

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How can I stop myself from biting my fingernails?

See below: There are nail polishes available, which are bitter. This may help stop the habit. Sometimes, I suggest bitter apple spray, which is available in a pet store. It is non toxic. ...Read more

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What should I do for this fungus in my fingernail?

Fungal infection: Please keep finger nail clean and dry. Consider some white vinegar soaks. If no better in a couple weeks then see doctor for more powerful treatments. Likely will need oral medication or prescription strength meds but natural treatment would be the first line. ...Read more

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What do you call the white line on the fingernail?

Lunula?: Lunula is the domed shaped white area at the base of the nail bed.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more