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Fingernails & Toenails: Facts & Information

  • Synopsis: Information and facts on fingernails and toenails including nail fungus and nail color health indicators.

Definition: Defining the Meaning of Human Nails

Fingernails and toenails are made of a tough protective protein called keratin. This protein is also found in the hooves and horns of different animals. The nail consists of the nail plate, the nail matrix and the nail bed below it, and the grooves surrounding it.

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Information and facts on fingernails and toenails including nail fungus and nail color health indicators.

Fingernails and toenails are made of a tough protein called keratin and include:

Major illness can cause a deep transverse groove to form across the nails. A change in fingernail color, thinning, thickening, brittleness, splitting, grooves, Mees' lines and nail ridges, small white spots, receded lunula, clubbing (convex), flatness, spooning (concave) can indicate illness in other areas of the body, nutrient deficiencies, drug reaction or poisoning, or merely local injury.

Both Fingernails and toenails can also become thickened (onychogryposis), loosened (onycholysis), infected with fungus (onychomycosis) or degenerate (onychodystrophy)

Quick Facts: Human Nail

Statistics: Longest Fingernail Length



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