How to Treat a Torn Nail Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

What are the two parts of a nail?

Nails -- on fingers or toes -- are composed of a nail bed and a nail plate. The nail bed is the soft area of skin beneath the nail plate, which is the hard surface of the nail.

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Nails are made up of what protein?

Cells at the bottom of the nail bed make up the nail matrix and produce layers of a protein called keratin -- keratin builds the nail plate and anchors it to the nail bed.

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What chemical commonly found in nail polish remover can make nails more prone to breakage?

Nails may also be more prone to breakage if you use chemicals like acetone to remove nail polish.

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Nail psoriasis can cause the nail bed to change color. What colors might you see?

Nail psoriasis typically affects only people with psoriasis of the skin, and it weakens nails and can cause beds to turn white, red or yellow.

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How fast do nails grow?

Your nails grow at a rate of about 0.004 inches (0.1 millimeters) per day -- it can take as long as six months for a nail to completely grow back.

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True or false: Formaldehyde will help your nails grow strong?

You can apply a nail hardener to keep your nails strong and help them grow faster, but you should avoid products that contain toluene sulfonamide, formaldehyde, alcohol, acetone or dibutyl phthalate -- these chemicals can make your nails weaker.

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How do humectants help keep nails healthy?

You can also keep your nails healthy by moisturizing them with lotions and creams that contain humectants such as urea, phospholipids and lactic acid. Humectants retain moisture in your nails, helping prevent them from cracking.

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Red nails may signal what disease?

Yellow nails may betray the emergence of lung disease or diabetes, red nails may signal heart disease and dark lines on your nail beds may indicate melanoma.

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What is the most common way people tear their nails?

The ways you can tear your nail plate are endless, but the most common way people tear their nails is by trimming them incorrectly -- they cut their nails at the wrong angle, leaving a tear or hangnail.

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Are long nails or short nails more likely to tear?

Keep your nails neat and trim them often -- long nails are more likely to get caught and tear.

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Do you know the do's and don'ts of coaxing your nails back to health? Find out the best ways to let your nails heal by testing your beauty IQ.

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