Your Nails: Polished, plain or showing pulmonary problems?
by Staff
What does your manicurist know about your health? Maybe more than you think. Do you have the knowledge to use your nails as health sleuthing tool?

What are your nails made of?

  • silicon
  • nervous tissue
  • keratin
  • blood vessels

True or false: Your fingernails grow faster during the summer.

  • true
  • false

How many millimeters do toenails grow each month?

  • about 1 millimeter
  • 2 to 3 millimeters
  • 3 to 4 millimeters

What is the whitish crescent moon at the base of each nail called?

  • nail fold
  • nail plate
  • cuticle
  • lunula

What condition might you have if you have onycholysis, or Plummer's nail?

  • Crohn's disease
  • cardiovascular disease
  • thyroid disorder

What percentage of American kids and teens bite their nails?

  • 11 percent
  • 23 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 63 percent

Which of the following might cause your nails to turn a blueish hue?

  • emphysema
  • pneumonia
  • chronic bronchitis
  • all of the above

True or false: Small white spots on your nail are usually harmless.

  • true
  • false

What color might your nail beds turn if you have iron deficiency anemia?

  • pink or red
  • whitish
  • bluish
  • black

Roughly what percent of Americans have a fungal infection, such as yeast, in their nails?

  • 7 percent
  • 12 percent
  • 22 percent
  • 36 percent