What is the use of our fingernails and toenails?

@koneho12 (165)
Philippines
October 15, 2011 3:04am CST
We all know that fingernails and toe nails serve as protection, beautification and a best spot to examine the health status of a person. The visual appearance of the fingernails and toe nails may suggest an underlying systemic disease. Clubbing of nails often suggests pulmonary disease or inflammatory bowel disease. Spoon-shaped nails, may stimulate a work up for anemia, and many other abnormal appearances that we neglect may be a sign that needs immediate medical response. Thus careful fingernails and toenails examination is vital. We feel happy an so fashionable after going to a nail-art appointment put some cute designs on it. That's the normal thing ladies are doing in their nails. But don't neglect any sign of abnormality to any areas of the fingernails and toe nails. Normal nails are smooth in texture, convex in curvature with equal color. Be vigilant and health conscious.
5 responses
@lampar (7597)
• United States
15 Oct 11
The fingernail is for us to scratch our itch away, to give us the ability to sense the level of pressure we should apply on our own skin so that some comfort can be maintain and not getting ourself hurt unnecessary, it is a lot more useful compare to the artificial man made scratcher.
@koneho12 (165)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
nice idea.
@albto_568 (1268)
• Costa Rica
15 Oct 11
This are very descriptive and interesting things I didnĀ“t know about nails, so far, I just thought that this things were merely vestiges of long gone, more primitive days, I guess that I should pay more attention to my finger-toenails from now on.
@koneho12 (165)
• Philippines
17 Oct 11
Yes, you should. I am thankful I was able to open this up. Take care
@francesca5 (1344)
17 Nov 12
this is very interesting, my nails seem to be quite happy, i do have a few vertical ridges, but that is apparently just what happens as you get older. i shall have to give up worrying about my health now.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
17 Nov 12
I have never really though of their purpose but I know we show health sign in our nails . I like your post its very informative and a lot of help .
• United States
21 Oct 11
This was such an interesting post to read! Thank you for sharing it with us! I had a feeling that fingernails and toenails were used for protection just like hair, but I never realized that they were a good indicator of health and what could be wrong internally! I'm going to pass this information I know to anyone who may need it. I heard acrylic nails can actually cause diseases in the nails and toenails. It's funny the things women do to make them pretty can result in damage!