Watching your nails grow can be really interesting, but as they grow they are prone to problems like germ holding and infection if they aren’t properly taken care of. Take a close look at your fingernails; are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Do they constantly keep breaking? Many less than desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper fingernail care, while others might indicate an underlying condition that needs attention.
Here are some of the dos and don’ts for maintaining a healthy fingernail:
FINGERNAIL CARE: DOs
Keep fingernails dry and clean:
This helps prevent bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Continuous contact with water can lead to splitting in the nails. Wear waterproof gloves when doing the dishes or cleaning.
Practice good nail hygiene:
Use nail clippers to trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve.
When using hand lotion, apply the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too.
Apply a protective layer:
Applying a nail hardener can help strengthen nails.
FINGERNAIL CARE: DON’Ts
Bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles:
These habits can damage the nail bed; as a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
Pull off hangnails:
When you do this, you might rip live tissue along with the hangnail. Use a clipper to carefully cut them off.
Use harsh nail care products:
Limit your use of nail polish remover. When using nail polish remover, go for an acetone-free formula.
If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or is associated with other signs and symptoms, consult your doctor or dermatologist for an evaluation. It’s easy to disregard the well-being of your nails, but taking some basic steps can keep your fingernails healthy and strong.
MANICURES AND PEDICURES
Manicures and pedicures are good options for maintaining healthy-looking nails; but keep a few things in mind.
- Stick to salons that display a current state license, and work only with technicians also licensed by the state board.
- Don’t have your cuticles removed because they seal the skin to the nail plate, removal can lead to nail infection.
- Also, make sure your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your procedure to prevent the spread of infection.
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