Ever notice your nails don't grow at the same rate?

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  1. earllogjam

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    Why is that?
     
  2. Phil Ayesho

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    Usually, the ring finger nail grows the fastest.

    The best explanation I have heard is that the ring finger has TWO primary nerves running thru it. One for the left side and the other for the right side of each ring finger.

    This gives the ring finger a higher electrical potential, and cell regeneration and metabolism is slightly higher where the bodies' natural electrical field is stronger.

    At least... that is the only explanation I have ever read... I have no idea if its been tested.
     
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    Mine grow at a pretty constant rate, equally. Pinky fingers a little faster than the others. Weird question.
     
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    Perhaps it is the friction on the nails from usage like scratching, picking things up, typing, etc. The further down the line you go the less the nails are used and worn down.
     
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    It's an imperfect world we live in. Hair grows at varying rates too, even in different directions in places you do or don't want it to. If this answer was brilliant, please nominate me for a nobel peace prize for it. Thanks in advance.
     
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    I guess I did. I just didn't think anything of it. :rolleyes: I am right haned and the nails on my left hand are usually longer than those on my right.

    Actually, what I find more mystifying is the fact that the hair under my left arm grows twice as fast as the hair under my right arm. What's up with that? :confused: I asked my endocrinologist in NJ about it and he just shrugged and said he didn't know.
     
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    I'm always breaking my nails, so I couldn't tell you which ones grow faster. Wished my hair grew faster though. :biggrin:
     
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    Because.
     
  9. Deno

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    Sorry I don't even see an answer there!

    Nails don't require nerves to grow or people who are paralyzed would not get nail growth. Blood flow and nutrition are factors. However if the tale of nails and hair still growing after death is true then I am out of ideas. I somehow think this is untrue.
     
  10. DaveyR

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    I have noticed that since I moved from Grey Britain to sunny climes that I have 2 cut my nails a lot more often.:wink:
     
  11. D_Bob_Crotchitch

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    My thumb nails grow faster than the other finger nails. Maybe it's because I'm the primate of the lot with a useable thumb. :wink:
     
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