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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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Fingernails (Tip)

It takes about four to six months for a new fingernail to grow. ...See 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 (Tip)

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

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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Fingernails (Tip)

One of the reasons fingernails grow quicker than toenails is due to amount of sunlight exposure. ...See 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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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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Fingernails (Tip)

Healthy fingernails and toenails should be smooth without pits or grooves. ...See more

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What is white crest of a fingernail?

What is white crest of a fingernail?

Lunula: I believe you are referring to the lunula or "little moon" seen under your fingernail most prominently on your thumb. It is an area of less developed collagen and has little medical significance although abnormailties may be associated with systemic disease. ...Read more

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How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

Warm soaks: Soak your finger in warm water (can also add 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salts) for 10 minutes. Then gently ease your cuticle away from your ingrown fingernail. See your doc if you have redness, warmth, pus, increased pain or no improvement. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fingernails (Tip)

On average fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month while toenails grow 1.6 mm per month. ...See more

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How can I keep my fingernails healthy?

Nail hygiene: The less you do the better --avoid nail polish and nail polish remover as much as possible and definitely avoid "fake" nails ---do not pick at nails or play with cuticles.
There are nail hardeners such as Genadur and oral Biotin may help strengthen nails ...Read more

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Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Follow with doctor: Itching of the fingernails may be a sign of an infection, such as a fungal infection. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Fingernails (Tip)

A fingernail or toenail treated with oral anti fungal medication will take 6 to 12 months to grow. ...See more

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Why might someone not have fingernails?

Why might someone not have fingernails?

Nails: Significant infections may lead to loss of nails. ...Read more

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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time.
I often see this in my oncology patient with certain chemotherapy. They well have lines in the nails. ...Read more

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What do you do when your fingernail breaks?

Try to clip it down: So that you won't experience uneven pressure against your finger. Clip it straight across with a nail clipper. ...Read more

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What causes lines through your fingernails?

Depends: Vertical ridges are part of normal growth of nails. You may visit this site for more info in this topic: https://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/nails/faq-20058541
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What does the white mean on my fingernails?

What does the white mean on my fingernails?

Can be a lot: Fingernail disorders can be wide and varied as far as causes. Dermatologists are experts in fingernail diseases. White markings, called leukonychia, can be caused by trauma, infections, drugs, or other systemic diseases. ...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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Could diseases enter through your fingernails?

Could diseases enter through your fingernails?

Possibly: If there is a break in the skin at the fingernail fold or the fingernail bed, then that may serve as a route of infection for various bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It is important to keep good nail health by keeping them clean, dry and well manicured. ...Read more

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What can I use to make my fingernails drop off?

What?????: Don't know of any healthy way to do this or why you would want to do this. ...Read more