growth over nail plate
Long cuticles are usually no more than a cosmetic problem.
The cuticle is dead 'horny layer' skin - fusing the nail plate to the skin: providing a waterproof barrier.
Cuticles provide protection against bacteria, pathogens, and irritants.
TREATMENT: gently rub away the dead skin with a towel.
Use cuticle oil for additional strength.
Do not cut cuticles, don't bite them: bacteria from mouth will settle under nail surface [source: EHowM]
Synonyms: nail epidermis
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THE NAIL UNIT
The eight basic components of the nail unit include: 1 - proximal nail fold;
2 - cuticle; 3 - lunula; 4 - nail plate;
5 - lateral nail folds; 6 - nail bed;
7 - hyponychium; 8 - free edge.
* NOTICE: The HandResearch Nail Tutor Tool
is still in development
- currently this tool discriminates 57 fingernail disorders in the nails.
The NAIL TUTOR tool is an aspect of Medical Hand Analysis
& Multi-Perspective Hand Reading
. The purpose of this tool is to help you identify the nature of your fingernail disorder. The section fingernail disorders
presents a more comprehensive overview of the most common fingernail abnormalities.
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