Finger Nail Care Tips Guide

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A nail is a claw-like plate at the tip of the fingers and toes in most primates.  Fingernails and toenails are made of a tough protective protein called alpha-keratin, which is a polymer.  Similar to other aspects of your body, it is important to maintain good hygiene and keep your nails healthy.

The growing part of the nail is under the skin at the nail's proximal end under the epidermis, which is the only living part of a nail. In humans, fingernails grow at an average rate of approx. 3.5 mm (0.14 in) a month, whereas toenails grow about half as quickly (approx. average 1.6 mm (0.063 in) a month).  Fingernails require three to six months to regrow completely, and toenails require twelve to eighteen months. Actual growth rate is dependent upon age, sex, season, exercise level, diet, and hereditary factors

Beware of brittle nails, nail fungus, scaling under the nails, white or yellow streaks on the nail, etc.

Bluish or purple fingernail beds may be a symptom of peripheral cyanosis, which indicates oxygen deprivation.

The best way to care for nails is to trim them regularly. Filing is also recommended, as to keep nails from becoming too rough and to remove any small bumps or ridges that may cause the nail to get tangled up in materials such as cloth.

Be careful with what goes on your finger nails.  They are in face permeable.

The nail is often considered an impermeable barrier, but this is not true. In fact, it is much more permeable than the skin, and the composition of the nail includes 7–12% water. This permeability has implications for penetration by harmful and medicinal substances; in particular cosmetics applied to the nails can pose a risk. Water can penetrate the nail as can many other substances including paraquat, a fast acting herbicide that is harmful to humans, urea which is often an ingredient in creams and lotions meant for use on hands and fingers, and several fungicidal agents such as salicylic acid, miconazole branded Monistat, natamycin; and sodium hypochlorite which is the active ingredient in common household bleach (but usually only in 2–3% concentration).

Nails can dry out, just like skin. They can also peel, break, and be infected.

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