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How fast do nails grow?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Fingernails -- which, incidentally, grow faster than toenails and grow faster over the summer than over the winter -- lengthen about one-tenth of a millimeter a day, which means that it takes a fingernail about four to six months to fully grow out.
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Each of your nails grows at a different rate -- your toenails grow slower than your finger nails, for instance, and the nails on your middle fingers typically grow faster than the others. On average, your nails grow about 0.004 inches (0.1 millimeters) each day.

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