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Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

Why do fingernails and toenails turn white when they grow longer?

White Nails: Nails are held on to your fingers and toes by suction ( which gives it the pinkish color )....As the nail grows out past the end of the finger or toe, the nails color changes. Nails natural color is whiteish because they are translucent. ...Read more

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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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Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Why do fingernails grow faster than toenails?

Shoes, ground: Feet are in shoes quite a bit and are subject to stress and trauma from walking and other activities. This combination tenders to slow toenail growth more. Feet are also farther from heart and get less perfusion than hands. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats paronychia of the fingernails? Would that same doctor be able to treat a loosened large toe nail? The toe nail was injured on a lava rock and is barely attached. Will it grow back if removed or falls off? Would like to see the s

Paronychia: Podiatrist treat nail deformities of all kinds including paronychia. In some states (oh) podiatrist can treat fingers. In ok where I am podiatrist can not. A dermatologist would be able to help you with your finger nails. ...Read more

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What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

Possibilities: This could be from trauma (like bruising), vascular compromise (diminished blood flow), damaged nerves, or more specific conditions like raynaud's (usually associated with autoimmune diseases). Talk to your primary care physician first and a referral will most likely follow based on his/her findings. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the fingernails and toenails?

Fungal infections: Certain diseases, medication, vascular problems, diabetes are some causes. I suggest you see your dr. ...Read more

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What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

What would cause a child's fingernails and toenails to fall off?

This could be a: fungal infection, or if it's one or two nails only, could be from trauma. It would be best to discuss this with your pediatrician and have your child seen by his/her regular doctor or go to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

Please explain why would a child fingernails and toenails fall off?

It is possible.: Some causes of nail separation may include trauma, infection, and reaction or side effect of certain medications. Have them evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the medical term meaning "pertaining to the absence of fingernails or toenails"?

Anonychia: Is the medical term for absence of fingernail(s) and/or toenail(s). ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more