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Trim, File, and Polish. March 11, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jkc2009 @ 4:35 pm

You have to take care of your fingernails just like you have to take care of everything else, they can break  like your hair, or dry out like your skin.

Nails grow from a “growth plate” located at the base of the nail. During growth they die and the inside of the cells become filled with a hard protein called Kertain. It is the Kertain that makes our nails hard and tough. Nail growth is related to the length of a finger, so the fastest growing nail is the one in the middle, and the nail on the pinky is the slowest growing nail. If you’re right-handed, the nails on that hand will grow faster, and vice versa. Fingernails grow four times as fast as toenails, and they grow the fastest during the day. A special growth area at the base of the nail controls the speed of the fingernails’ growth. From birth to death, fingernails grow constantly at a rate of .oo4 inches each day, or 1.5 inches in a year.


Above: Lee Redmond holds the world record for longest fingernails. 7.51 meters.

Fingernails are not for just growing and looking pretty, they have to be taken care of, if not then things could go wrong. There are many differnt diseases that your fingernails can get f you do not take care of them. Here are a few of different diseases.

Paronychia is an infection of the nail bed caused by bacteria, fungi, and some viruses. People who have their hands in water for extended periods of time may develop this condition, and it is highly contagious.

Koilonychia is usually caused through iron deficiency anemia. The nail becomes very thin and concave.

Pseudomonas is a bacterial infection that can occus between the natural nail plate and the nail bed. Discoloration may occur that is caused by iron compounds. It thrives in moist places and it feeds of the dead tissue and bacteria in the nail plate.The after effects of this infection will cause the nail plate to darken.


Most people never think about the bad stuff. They do not think about the many diseses their fingernails could, have or the diseases you cna get from your fingernails. Everyone should take care of their fingernails by keeping them clean, not bitting or picking at them, apply moisturizer everyday, and eating a balanced diet and taking vitamins. By keeping your nails clean, you are keeping yourself clean.





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