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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 (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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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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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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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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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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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 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

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Peeled off side of fingernail, what should I do?

Peeled off side of fingernail, what should I do?

First-aid: To treat a fingernail injury, first start by cleaning the area with an antiseptic solution. Next, apply an over the counter antibiotic ointment such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Keep the finger covered with a sterile dressing/bandaid. Keep the finger out of any contaminated exposures or prolonged liquid submersion. ...Read more

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

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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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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Why do my fingernails hurt after polish remover?

Why do my fingernails hurt after polish remover?

Nail doesn't hurt: Nail doesn't hurt. It has no nerve. It's the skin around nails hurt. So-called periungual dermatitis caused by nail polish remover-chemical would be irritating, itching and sometimes, painful. ...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 fingernails to fall off occasionally?

What causes fingernails to fall off occasionally?

Varies: The cause of fingernails falling off can be secondary to trauma, infection, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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I broke part of my fingernail. Will it grow back?

I broke part of my fingernail. Will it grow back?

Most likely: Fingernails tend to heal completely, if the nail matrix (where the nail plate is formed at the base) is not compromised. Nails tend to grow at a slow rate however, so patience is a virtue! ...Read more