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What is the difference between the nail bed and the nail plate?

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These often get mixed up. The nail bed is an area rich in blood vessels and nerve endings that the nail plate sits on. The nail plate is the hard structure of keratinised cells that protects the end of the finger and toes.

Please see our full article on the Nail Plate and the Nail Bed where we provide further details on both areas.

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