Nail Facts

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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.

    Having beautiful looking nails is important to a lot of people. And for good reason. I mean who doesn’t want to show off a nice set of freshly manicured nails on their Insta? Aside from just the look, their overall health is just as important. This is why proper care and maintenance is crucial. 

    Here are some tips that will help keep your nails healthy and looking their best:

    • Leave nails clean and dry to prevent bacteria, fungi, and other organisms from collecting under the nail.

    • Use moisturizer. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.

    • Trim and file your fingernails regularly. Cut your fingernails and toenails straight across and rounded slightly in the center. This keeps your nails strong and helps avoid ingrown toenails.

    • When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak feet in warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt per pint of water) for five to ten minutes, then apply urea or lactic acid cream. This softens the nails, making them easier to trim.

    • Wear proper-fitting shoes and try to alternate shoes on a regular basis (tight shoes can cause ingrown toenails).

    • Do not try to self-treat ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected.

    • Do not bite your fingernails.  This can cause damage to the skin around your fingers, allowing infections to enter.

    If you follow these tips and still notice nail problems, contact our office immediately, as this may be a sign of a serious health condition.