Before we start with this article, you should know that our nails are a very important part of our body! Why – because our nails can carry symptoms of many diseases, including cancer.
But, you shouldn’t be worried, because we’re not going to talk about symptoms or any diseases in this article!
Can I ask you a simple question – does the name lunula rings any bell?
Have you noticed a crescent-shaped whitish area at the end of a fingernail?
It isn’t just an area of pigment change under the nails; in fact, it is a highly sensitive area and you should make sure it doesn’t get damaged.
In this article we are going to tell you 10 facts (you must know) about the lunula:
1. First you should know that the crescent-shaped whitish area of our fingernail, which the eye perceives as white crescent is very sensitive and extremely important part of the structure of the nail! As we said, you should be very careful and this part shouldn’t be damaged.
2. This half-moon part is called the lunula (small moon in Latin) and it’s a very sensitive part of the nail.
3. This part looks white, because is the fifth basal layer of the epidermis and it actually “hides” the blood vessels that are underneath.
4. It’s most visible on the thumb but not everyone’s lunula is visible. In some cases, the eponychium, the thickened layer of skin surrounding fingernails and toenails, may partially or completely cover the lunula.
5. The lunula is actually the visible part of the nail’s root and should not be damaged in any way because if you damage it your entire nail will be permanently deformed.