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?
Nails are made up of layers of keratin, which is a protein.
True. Nails actually grow faster in the summertime!
Toenails grow about 1 millimeter every month.
The whitish crescent moon at the nail base is called the lunula.
Onycholysis, also called Plummer's nail, is a condition where the nail separates from the nail bed, and can be a sign of a thyroid disorder.
About 50 percent of kids and teens in the U.S. bite their nails, but by age 30, most have outgrown the habit.
If your nails turn blue, it may indicate a health emergency. You might have an oxygen-related health condition that requires medical attention.
True. Small white spots, called leukonychia, are usually caused by mild injury to the nail bed and are harmless.
If you have too little iron in your blood, a condition known as anemia, you may have pale or whitish-colored nail beds.
About 12 percent of Americans have a fungal infection in their nails, which can cause nails to become discolored, thick and crumbly.