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Secrets Your Nails Reveal

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but your fingernails may provide a peek into the status of your health. See common nail issues and related health issues.

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  • Are acrylic nails bad for my health?

    Are acrylic nails bad for my health?

    If you long for well-manicured hands and your short, broken nails just aren't cutting it, you may be considering acrylic nails. But are acrylic nails safe? See more »

  • At a Glance: Hangnail Tips

    At a Glance: Hangnail Tips

    Hangnails aren't just irritating -- they can be downright painful. What exactly is a hangnail, and what's the best way to treat them? See more »

  • At a Glance: White Dots on Your Nails

    At a Glance: White Dots on Your Nails

    Have you ever seen a white spot on your fingernail, and wondered if it was an indicator of a health concern or vitamin deficiency? Or maybe you've heard an old wives' tale. Get the real scoop on this common occurrence. See more »

  • Do nail salon workers have a higher incidence of cancer?

    Do nail salon workers have a higher incidence of cancer?

    Every now and then, a story will appear in a magazine or on the local news about the threats posed by salons. These stories usually focus on potential threats to customers -- a dirty footbath or poorly sterilized instruments. But what about the manicurists themselves? See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Fingernails

    Fact or Fiction: Fingernails

    Fingernails are an odd thing if you really think about them. What are they there for, anyway? And why do we file, buff and paint them outrageous colors? Nails are for more than decoration, though. Did you know that they can indicate if you have serious health problems? Take our quiz to find out what could be wrong if you have yellow or purple nails. See more »

  • Fact or Fiction: Nails

    Fact or Fiction: Nails

    Your nails are handy for so many things -- scratching itches, peeling oranges, drumming on tables. But what do your nails say about your health? And what can you do to keep them strong and healthy? Do your hands a favor and take our quiz. See more »

  • Fingernails 101

    Fingernails 101

    Maybe you only think about them once a week when selecting a shade of OPI enamel, or perhaps you think about them daily because you're trying to quit biting them. No matter how often you think about them, what do you really know about your nails? See more »

  • Hangnail Tips and Treatments

    Hangnail Tips and Treatments

    Though hangnails may seem rather insignificant in the grand scheme of health problems, they can become infected and lead to a handful of other issues. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid hangnail hazards. See more »

  • How can nails be signals of systemic disease?

    How can nails be signals of systemic disease?

    Nail health is more than just a cosmetic matter -- it can be a window to your overall well-being. What changes in your nails' appearance are worth contacting a doctor about? See more »

  • How fast do nails grow?

    How fast do nails grow?

    If you're a parent, you might have noticed that your child's fingernails always need clipping, whereas your broken nail is taking weeks to grow back. Why do some nails grow quicker than others, and how fast do nails really grow? See more »

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