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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« on: 09/04/2008 10:28:02 »
Is it to do with the blood circulation around the body?

Because less blood flows through the toe?


 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #1 on: 09/04/2008 10:35:41 »
Thats a good question. Both my toe nails and fingernails grow pretty fast especially lately.. since I have started being treated for all this stuff. everything seems to be growing better then before. my nails are really long except for the 4 I broke picking up old wood and branches from the yard...
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #2 on: 09/04/2008 10:40:47 »
Sorry about your 4 fingernails!!
Are they really brittle?

Maybe the medication speeds up your body growth??
Isn't that bad??
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #3 on: 09/04/2008 13:42:37 »
Could it be because our fingernails see more of the fresh air
than our toenails do? Just a thought.
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #4 on: 09/04/2008 21:28:16 »
That is an interesting thought..
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #5 on: 15/04/2008 12:31:32 »
Is it to do with the blood circulation around the body?

Because less blood flows through the toe?

Are ewe sure they grow at different rates ?

The answer is simple and obvious.

It's the Fingernail Fairies !..They are invisible and attach invisible wire to your fingernails and pull them. This is for one reason and one reason only...that when you are bathing , they can use your fingernails as slides and enjoy water-world fun !

Toenails are encased in a barrier of shoe and boot and thus are a ' no entry' zone. This is true.






LOL...some people think that the constriction applied to toenails by shoes, socks, stockings etc may in fact be the reason why they grow slower......LOL...we of course know better ! ;)
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #6 on: 15/04/2008 12:45:20 »
Increased nail growth was predicted with the inclined bed study :)

Thats a good question. Both my toe nails and fingernails grow pretty fast especially lately.. since I have started being treated for all this stuff. everything seems to be growing better then before. my nails are really long except for the 4 I broke picking up old wood and branches from the yard...
 

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Why do fingernails grow faster than toe nails?
« Reply #7 on: 15/04/2008 13:21:42 »
I've had my own hypothesis about this. Since out hands are used in manipulating objects and other such things far more than our feet are, then it's possible that our fingernails get worn down at a faster rate than our toenails do. In order to compensate, our fingernails grow faster in order to replace the bits of nail that are lost. When I scratch an itch, I tend to use my fingernails instead of my toenails, which might wear them down as well. Also, when people scratch an attacker in defense, they use their fingernails, not their toenails.
 

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