Speed Of Fingernail Growth

What Causes Slow Fingernail Growth?

Slow fingernail growth can have various causes, just like most other symptoms.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose slow fingernail growth, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "slow fingernail growth" as a symptom.  For example, manganese need.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slow scalp hair growth
constant fatigue
poor milk production
elevated MCH
macrocytic red cells
fatigue after slight exertion
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of slow fingernail growth.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Fingernail/Toenail Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about speed of fingernail growth:
Approximately how fast do your fingernails grow? Normal growth is about 1/12th to 1/8th of an inch (2-3mm) per month.
Possible responses:
→ Very slowly
→ A little slower than average
→ Average / I have no idea
→ A little quicker than average
→ Very quickly
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very slow fingernail growth, slow fingernail growth, average fingernail growth rate, rapid fingernail growth or very rapid fingernail growth, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Manganese Requirement.