Nails are composed primarily of keratin, a hardened protein also found in skin and hair. The nail itself consists of several different parts, including the nail plate, nail bed, matrix, lunula, cuticle and nail folds.

  • The average growth rate for nails is 0.1 mm each day; individual rates depend on age, time of year, activity level, and heredity.
  • Fingernails grow faster than toenails. Nails also grow more rapidly in the summer than in the winter.
  • Nails on a person’s dominant hand (right vs. left) grow faster, and men’s nails grow more quickly than women’s, except possibly during pregnancy and old age.
  • Nail growth is affected by internal disease, skin disorders, medications, nutritional status (vitamin, iron or protein deficiency), hormone imbalances, infections and the aging process.

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Nails Puget Sound Dermatology
Nails Puget Sound Dermatology

Nail Disorders

See your dermatologist if you suspect a problem with nail growth or appearance; it can be a sign of internal disease, infection or inflammation.

Meet Our Providers

Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.

Scott Taylor, PA-C

Scott Taylor has been working in dermatology since 2011 with a special focus on surgical and general dermatology. He is particularly passionate about patient counseling in a wide variety of dermatological conditions from...

Sheena Nguyen, DO

Dr. Nguyen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Pediatric Dermatologist. She was born and raised...