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Fingernails (Overview)

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 growth under the fingernails.


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Would my fingernail grow once again normally as before after it 's been smashed.Now it is about to peel off...What should I do after it's gone?

Would my fingernail grow once again normally as before after it 's been smashed.Now it is about to peel off...What should I do after it's gone?

It should: If you lose your current nail, the new nail that grows in should grow normally. This assumes that the trauma did not damage the nail matrix which lived under the cuticle. The matrix cells are the ones involved in regrowth and if damaged can lead to permanent nail dystrophy. ...Read more

Fingernails (Overview)

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 growth under the fingernails.


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Improving Nail Health (Tip)

Improving Nail Health

It takes about four to six months for a new fingernail to grow. ...See 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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What do bad fingernails indicate?

What do bad fingernails indicate?

Derm eval: There are many different conditions that can effect nails. It is best to have your dermatologist evaluate your nails to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Fingernails that curl under why ?

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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Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

If there is allergy: Latex allergy is relatively uncommon (3-5% of the population) but for those affected it can cause different problems. It is possible to see problems with the finger nails, but you'd also expect to see skin changes elsewhere on the hands. It is also possible that with prolonged wear the increased moisture would promote fungal growth. Make sure you don't use artificial nails. They make things worse. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Tip)

Improving Nail Health

The pinky fingernail grows slower than the other nails, be sure not to cut it too short. ...See 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