Nail Facts

As described in a previous post, Nail Health Care Tips, nails can provide insight into our overall health. Changes that develop in the nail can indicate an underlying condition that may require immediate medical attention. This makes understanding them so important.

Nails themselves can be described as the thin transparent plate that covers the upper surface at the end of a finger or toe. Consisting of the nail plate, the nail matrix, and the nail bed, the primary objective is to protect the tip of the finger or toe and surrounding areas from injury. Due to this functionality, any abnormalities of the nail can result in further, more serious problems.

Listed below are some facts taken from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to provide better understanding about your nails and how they work.

  • Nails grow roughly 1mm each week. 
  • Fingernails grow faster than toenails, especially on your dominant hand. 
  • Nails grow more rapidly in summer than in winter. 
  • Nail problems make up about 10% of all dermatological conditions. 
  • Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens. 
  • Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. They are more common in toenails because the toes are confined in a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment. 
  • Discoloration in the nail bed may signify oxygen deprivation. 
  • Although very rare, melanomas can actually grow under the nail and are commonly mistaken for an injury. 

    If you are experiencing any concerns or issues with your nails contact our office right away for successful diagnosis and treatment.

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