March 31, 2010

Nail Care Tips

Category: Articles — admin @ 3:56 am

No nail care product alone can give you healthy nails. But following these simple guidelines can help you keep your nails looking their best: 

  • Don’t abuse your nails. To prevent nail damage, don’t use your fingernails as  tools to pick, poke or pry things.
  • Don’t bite your nails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even  a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
  • Keep your nails dry and clean. This prevents bacteria, fungi or other organisms from  growing under the nail. Clean under the nails regularly and thoroughly dry your hands and  feet after bathing. Wear rubber gloves when using soap and water for prolonged periods.
  • Trim nails and file nails regularly. Trim nails straight across and file down thickened areas.  Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers and an emery board to smooth nail edges. Trimming  and filing are easier and safer if done just after bathing or soaking the nails.
  • Never pull off hangnails — doing so almost always results in ripping living tissue.   Instead clip off hangnails, leaving a slight angle outward.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly. Shoes that place excessive pressure on your toes or pinch  your toes may cause your nails to grow into surrounding tissue.
  • Moisturize your nails frequently. Nails need moisture just like your skin does. Rub lotion  into your nails when moisturizing your hands. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after removing  fingernail polish.
  • Watch for problems. If you have a nail problem that doesn’t seem to go away on its own or  is associated with other signs and symptoms, make an appointment with your doctor to get it  checked out.

Excerpts from the MayoClinic Health Manager 

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