Our nails tell us a lot about our health and well-being. Nail growth is affected by disease, nutrition, medications, trauma, chronic illness, fever, and the aging process.ow much do you truly know about your nails? Trust us, you'll be surprised...
Thanks to the American Academy of Dermatology, we have learned these 10 fun facts about fingernails:
1. Nail problems make up about 10% of all dermatological conditions? Yep, that's right!
2. Fingernails grow faster than toenails...especially on your dominant hand. This explains why your toenail polish lasts longer than your fingernail polish. On average, fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month, while toenails grow an average of 1.6 mm per month.
3. Nail growth rates depend on age, time of year, activity level, and heredity.
We're just as shocked as you!
4. Women’s nails grow more slowly than men’s, except possibly during pregnancy.
Ladies, we can't catch a break!
5. Nails grow more rapidly in summer than in winter. FYI, if you want beautiful nails for your wedding plan it in the summer!
6. Nail growth is affected by disease, nutrition, medications, trauma, chronic illness, fever, and the aging process.
7. Nails often reflect our general state of health. Changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, can signal health problems, including liver and kidney diseases, heart and lung conditions, anemia, and diabetes. Pay attention to your nails. Listen to your Nail Specialist for warning signs.
8. Nail problems usually increase throughout life and affect a high number of senior citizens.
9. Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. Look for this on toenails especially. This is commonly seen under artificial nail enhancements, such as acrylic, or toes because the toes often are confined to a warm, moist, weight-bearing environment.
10. Melanomas can grow under the nail. Melanomas may be mistaken for an injury, so you should consult a dermatologist if a dark-colored streak appears within the nail plate, if the nail discoloration does not gradually improve, or if the size of the streak increases over time. This is very rare.