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What is the reason we have fingernails and toe nails?

What is the reason we have fingernails and toe nails?

Protection: Before we used them to climb trees and defend ourselves. Now the serve to protect the bones on tip of our toes and fingers. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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I pick at my fingernails & toe nails a lot & it's not uncommon to go until they bleed, but can't seem to stop. Is this a condition or just bad habit?

I pick at my fingernails & toe nails a lot & it's not uncommon to go until they bleed, but can't seem to stop. Is this a condition or just bad habit?

Picking at nails: to the point of bleeding and "can't stop" MAY be a form of OCD. Please start by talking w/your doc and then seeing a mental health professional. Peace and good health. Do you also count things excessively or have to perform certain behaviors or rituals to feel safe? ...Read more

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What causes my finger nails and toe nails to be a dark color?

What causes my finger nails and toe nails to be a dark color?

This could be a: bacterial or fungal infection, or even stain from chemical agents. see dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options ...Read more

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My son's toe nails and finger nails turning colors and coming off. Possible causes?

My son's toe nails and finger nails turning colors and coming off. Possible causes?

See a doctor: It could be fungal but there are systemic conditions that can also have this affect on nails. See a dermatologist or podiatrisrt ...Read more

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My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle. What would cause this?

My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle.  What would cause this?

Genetic issues: nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes. ...Read more

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Change in color of toe nails and finger nails. Should i worry?

Change in color of toe nails and finger nails.  Should i worry?

Nails: Changes in the color of your toenails and fingernails may indicate that you have a fungus. You should see a dermatologist or a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a 2 year old and her finger nails are starting to come off from the back side, also toe nails? She has no health issues.

I have a 2 year old and her finger nails are starting to come off from the back side, also toe nails? She has no health issues.

Malnutrition/disease: If the nails look normal try more foods that have biotin such as swiss chard, carrots, almonds, walnuts, eggs, etc. To improve the nail strength. If the nails look funny see pediatrician or dermatologist for analysis. ...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


Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more