Nails are part of the skin and are composed of the same protein as the outer layer of the skin, except that they are much harder and tougher. Nail is produced by the matrix, i.e., a group of specialized cells located at the base of the nail and under the cuticle. Nail growth is continuous. Fingernails grow approximately 1/8 inch per month; toenails grow more slowly than fingernails.
Nails can frequently look abnormal as a result of skin diseases in adjacent areas. Many internal or systemic disorders such as neurological diseases, blood disorders (the commonest being anemIa), etc. also can affect nails resulting in either white spots, ridges, grooves or deformities.
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