Your Nails: Polished, plain or showing pulmonary problems?

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

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?

Nails are made up of layers of keratin, which is a protein.


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

True. Nails actually grow faster in the summertime!


How many millimeters do toenails grow each month?

Toenails grow about 1 millimeter every month.


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

The whitish crescent moon at the nail base is called the lunula.


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

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.


What percentage of American kids and teens bite their nails?

About 50 percent of kids and teens in the U.S. bite their nails, but by age 30, most have outgrown the habit.


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

If your nails turn blue, it may indicate a health emergency. You might have an oxygen-related health condition that requires medical attention.


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

True. Small white spots, called leukonychia, are usually caused by mild injury to the nail bed and are harmless.


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

If you have too little iron in your blood, a condition known as anemia, you may have pale or whitish-colored nail beds.


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

About 12 percent of Americans have a fungal infection in their nails, which can cause nails to become discolored, thick and crumbly.


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