Fingernails: Keep them healthy and strong
You may not realize it, but your fingernails reveal a lot about your general health. Take a look. Are your nails strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges or areas of unusual color or shape? Many less-than-desirable nail conditions can be avoided through proper care, but some actually indicate an illness that requires attention.
Your nails grow from the area under your cuticle. As new cells grow, older cells become hard and compacted and aare eventually pushed out toward your fingertips. Nails grow at an average of one-tenth of an inch a month. The nails grow faster on your dominant hand, and they grow more in summer than in winter. Nails are also permeable, which means they let in liquids that come in contact with them. To keep your nails healthy and looking their best, treat them gently and moisturize them regularly.
Protect your nails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when using soap and water ffor prolonged periods or when using harsh chemicals. Gloves help protect your nails when washing dishes, for example. Avoid abusing your nails. Don’t use them as tools to pick, poke or pry things. Don’t bite your nails or pick at yyour cuticles. These types of habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your nail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection. Because your nails grow slowly, an injured nail retains signs of an injury for several months. Moisturize your nails frequently. When you’re moisturizing your hands, rub the lotion into your nails as well. If you rely on manicures to make your nails look good, keep a few things in mind. Don’t have your cuticle removed — it can lead to nail infection. Also, check to be sure that your nail technician properly sterilizes all tools used during your manicure. Using unsterilized tools may transmit viral infections, such as hepatitis B or wwarts. Weak fingernails can be a challenge to toughen up. If you have weak fingernails, the following tips can help you protect them, making your nails less likely to split or break. Keep your nails short, square-shaped and slightly rounded on top. Apply a nail hardener, but avoid products containing toluene sulfonamide or formaldehyde. These chemicals can cause redness or irritate the skin. Don’t use nail polish remover more than twice a month. Instead, touch up the polish. When you ddo need a remover, avoid those that use acetone, which dries nails.
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