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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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I've noticed that my fingernails have been breaking easily and are not strong at all. I eat an extremely healthy diet is there something I am missing?

I've noticed that my fingernails have been breaking easily and are not strong at all. I eat an extremely healthy diet is there something I am missing?

Breaking fingernails: There are many causes of breaking/brittle nails, including dryness of the nails, chemical exposure, trauma, fungal infections, endocrine/hormonal disorders. In people with systemic diseases, causes also include insufficient blood supply to the nails, certain medications, among others. If the brittle nails are of recent onset, please have it evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What do you do when your fingernail breaks?

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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How to break my habit of biting the sides of my fingernails?

How to break my habit of biting the sides of my fingernails?

Reaction to stress.: Nail biting is often considered to be a common reaction to stress. The first step in stopping this habit is to identify what’s causing it and resolving whatever problems you have. To stop fungal infections arising from nail biting, use somasin afs. This powerful herbal formula strengthens the immune system and stops stubborn nail infections in just seven days. http://tinyurl.com/8jkw6ma. ...Read more

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2 out of my 10 fingernails wont grow they break and peel , reason and cure please?

2 out of my 10 fingernails wont grow they break and peel , reason and cure please?

See specialist: See the specialist -- the Dermatologist -- for examination and treatment options. Your nails are epidermal in nature under the nail plate which is keratin. There are a number of reasons why you might be having trouble with your nails. Require examination and possible testing to determine the cause or causes. Get the appointment and get well. Good LUck. ...Read more

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My nails break all the time, they split, peel. I'm really worried i almost can't grow my fingernails. What might be the reason and how to improve it?

My nails break all the time, they split, peel. I'm really worried i almost can't grow my fingernails. What might be the reason and how to improve it?

Brittle Nails: One commonly cited cause of brittle nails is frequent hand washing or water usage. People who clean on a frequent basis will often have brittle nails, unless they take the necessary steps to protect themselves from being susceptible to such a nail condition. Genadur is indicated to protect intact or damaged or brittle nails but it is a prescription. ...Read more

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Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

Circulatory issue: You may have a deficiency of the circulation to your fingers or a sympathetic nerve issue. This may be part of a condition termed Raynaud's phenomenon. Whatever the cause, it is best to bring this to the attention of your family doctor who can make a diagnosis for you. ...Read more

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My fingernails have gotten soft and pliable. I can easily bend them and they tear easily. My hair will even tear them in the shower. What's this mean?

Skin health ; diet: Changes in the nails can reflect nutrition issues as well as skin problems. If you're eating a well-balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, seek the care of a pcp or dermatologist who can talk to you more about what may be going on. Don't ignore this- nail changes can be part of serious conditions. ...Read more

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i justdeveloped white, horizontal flat bands on my fingernails. My fingernails are weak,thin,bend, and peel off easily-had since teenage years. Ideas?

i justdeveloped white, horizontal flat bands on my fingernails. My fingernails are weak,thin,bend, and peel off easily-had since teenage years. Ideas?

See dermatologist: The description of your finger nails may be due to some vitamin deficiency,like vitaminB-(folic acid or vit b-12)or some fungal infection of nails . Let dermatologist see and explain about your nail and prescribe the right treatment ,some times iron deficiency also affects the nails ...Read more

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Why i'm so easy to feel cold? Room temperature is only 73'f, but i feel shortness of breath and my fingernails turn blue. Why?

Why i'm so easy to feel cold? Room temperature is only 73'f, but i feel shortness of breath and my fingernails turn blue. Why?

Important: It is important that you are thoroughly checked for cardiovascular , pulmonary and autoimmune collagen disorders. Shortness of breath and peripheral cyanosis are danger signs. See a pulmonologist for comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of purple fingernails? I lose circulation easily and have shortness of breath

Purple Fingernails: Anemia can cause the nailbeds to become pail, giving a whitish look to it. If the nailbeds are bluish/purple it may be a sign on poor circulation, especially if it's cold. Check with a doctor asap. ...Read more

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My girlfriend's finger nails are breaking very easily. Why could this be? Thank you! :)

My girlfriend's finger nails are breaking very easily. Why could this be? Thank you! :)

Brittle Nails: This condition affects up to 20 % of the population. It can result from nail polish remover, excessively strong soap use, eating disorders such as anorexia or bullemia, hypothyroidism, etc. According to one study the use of the b-complex vitamin biotin increased nail thickness by 25 %. ...Read more

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My daughter had a sewing machine needle on into her finger nail. The needle did break. It has been a month and it still hurts. Do you think the needle is still in her finger because it still hurts<

My daughter had a sewing machine needle on into her finger nail. The needle did break. It has been a month and it still hurts. Do you think the needle is still in her finger because it still hurts<

It : It could be, an xray should show a sewiing needle fragment. At times the injury just hurts because the deep tissues are still healing even without a retained foreign body finger nails are very sensative and any scar and distruption of the growing nail plate will give traction on the sterile matrix ( the soft part under the nail) and could hurt as well. Again even without a retained foreign body. ...Read more

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What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

Many reasons: Including nutritional issues, nail polish allergy, fungal infections and an assortment of dermatological problems from psoriasis to lichen planus. If you're losing weight and are depressed, it may be nutritional. Best to see a dermatologist about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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My finger nails are strong but my big toe nails always break not the tip of the nail break from the bottom or crack in the middle.

My finger nails are strong but my big toe nails always break not the tip of the nail break from the bottom or crack in the middle.

Toe nail damage: Footwear beats hell out of the big toe nails, as does athletics. Evaluate your shoes. If you wear high heels, especially closed toe, that might be your problem. ...Read more

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How easy would it be to get HIV from contact of vaginal fluids with a finger that looks like a little small 2mm cut on the corner of a finger nail?

How easy would it be to get HIV from contact of vaginal fluids with a finger that looks like a little small 2mm cut on the corner of a finger nail?

Possible not likely: While the possibility for transmission of disease exists it is likely to be relatively low. However only serologic testing can provide the definitive answer. ...Read more

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What could this be? swollen node I can palpate easily, feels small, half finger nail maybe. maybe posterior cervical? right side back base of my neck

What could this be? swollen node I can palpate easily, feels small, half finger nail maybe.  maybe posterior cervical? right side back base of my neck

Posterior cervical ב: nodes generally originate from SCALP lesions which may not be noticeable (except for itching). Mild infections occur which are drained by those lymph nodes in the "rear" of your neck! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more