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NAIL FACTS

We are cutting our nails and keeping it polished regularly. Do anyone know completely about your nails..? Our nails are the security guard for our cute fingers. These nails protect us from various foreign substances.

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Following are some of the interesting facts about your nail.

  • The nails on the hand you write with grow faster.
  • Nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter.
  • Men’s nails grow faster than women’s.
  • The longer the finger, the faster your nail grows.
  • After an illness, your nail growth increases.
  • Malnutrition, crash dieting or eating disorders can affect your nails.
  • Your nail growth rate is affected by condition, hormone imbalance and aging.
  • Nail disorders make up about 10 percent of all skin conditions.
  • The condition and color your nails may indicate an underlying condition/illness, so it is important to remove nail polish and check your nails periodically, particularly before your annual checkup so your doctor can examine your nails for signs of anything.
  • Color or shape changes, swelling of the skin around the nails, white lines, ridges or dents in the nail that don’t go away or nail pain are things that you may want to discuss with a physician.
  • The nail plates are dead cells and contrary to the popular belief, they don’t breathe. So they don’t require oxygen. However, the nail beds and the cuticles are live cells and they do need oxygen, vitamins and minerals.
  • Nails don’t sweat. The nail bed does not have sweat glands, so it can’t perspire. It is the skin around the nails that gets sweaty.
  • Nails grow at the rate of 0.1 mm daily (or 1 cm in every 100 days). So, for a finger nail to regrow completely, it takes between 4 and 6 months. For toe nails, the period of complete regrow is 12 to 18 months.
  • Finger nails for both genders grow faster than toe nails.
  • Toe nails are about twice thicker than finger nails.
  • The fastest growing nail is on the middle finger. The slowest – on the thumbnail.
  • When nails are freshly cut, they grow faster than nails that are not cut often. That is why it takes so much time to grow nails longer than an inch (breaking nails is excluded).
  • Seasons and weather also affect nail growth. Nails grow faster in warm climates and during daytime, than in cold climates and at night.
  • Nails grow faster on young people than on old people. Also nails grow much faster during pregnancy.
  • Nails grow at different speeds on both hands. If you are right-handed, the nails on your right hand will grow faster than the nails on your left hand and vice versa.
  • Light trauma, like typing on a computer stimulates nail growth. Well, this kind of trauma looks more like a massage actually.
  • Cutting your nails after dark is bad luck. Although this is pure superstition, there is enough logic in it – if you cut your nails when there is not enough light, you can injure yourself.
  • Nails reflect your health status.
  • Some mammals, for example elephants, have 5 nails on each of the their front legs and most often only 4 nails per hind leg.
  • It is a myth that hair and nails will continue to grow for several days after death. This is an optical illusion and is due to the fact that the skin shrinks, thus making it look as if the hair and nails are growing.
  • Nails are very tough (compared to skin of course) but even they will be dissolved in about 4 days, if you put them in Coke because Coke is highly corrosive.
  • Nail manicure is a very ancient activity. There is evidence that even 4,000 years ago it was known to our predecessors.
  • The longest finger nail ever recorded was that of an Indian guy and it was 48 inches long.
  • If you don’t drink enough water, this is bad for your health anyway but you might have never expected that it leads to dry nails as well.
  • A hang nail is painful because you have ripped open the edge of the living nail root.
  • Male guitar players often leave the nails on their playing hand uncut and use them for playing as well
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