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Care Tips: Nail Care

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Did you know that your nails record your health? On average, nails grow at a rate of 1 cm every 3 months. Fingernails grow faster than toenails.
Have a hangnail?
It's easy for that annoying bit of torn skin around your nail to catch on something and become painful. To remove a hangnail without causing further injury, soak your hand in water for a few minutes to soften the skin and then clip the hangnail as short as possible.
What is paronychia?
Paronychia is an inflammatory condition that affects the nail folds (the skin that hangs over the side of the nail). It is caused by frequent exposure to moisture, consequently, paronychia is commonly seen in children due to nail-biting and finger-sucking.
Should cuticles be cut?
Where your nail meets your skin is your cuticle, and it’s one way that your body arms itself. The cuticle protects the new nail as it grows out from the matrix (nail root) and it also functions to guard against infection.
Basic care for healthy nails
A good place to start is to eat a balanced diet - dietary deficiencies will slow or distort nail growth. A diet that’s rich in calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin B encourages the growth of strong and healthy nails.
Take care of your nails!
You may like the look of beauty products designed to enhance or embellish the nails, but some have the potential to cause long-term problems. Nail hardeners contain chemicals that can damage nails, and the waterproofing effect of nail polish causes moisture to be trapped underneath, making them more susceptible to infection.
Nail growth
Fingernails take approximately 4 to 6 months to regrow completely, whereas toenails require 12 to 18 months. Nails are made up of a protein called keratin - the same structural protein that makes skin and hair. The growth rate for nails is a combined function of your physical health, age and genetics.
Basic hand and nail care ...
Do not poke around in the space between your nail and the nail bed. It is easy to enlarge the space in between, making the gap more susceptible to infection. Keeping your nails trimmed neatly and washing your hands thoroughly are all you need to do to keep your nails healthy and looking their best.
Prevent hangnails from appearing ...
As small as hangnails are, they are an annoying source of pain and irritation. If not promptly removed, they can get infected. Softening your skin by first soaking your hand in warm water will make removal easier.
Hot tubs and fungal infections ...
Think twice before jumping in that hot tub! The warmth and moisture of hot tubs, saunas and spas are all ideal environments for the organisms that cause fungal infections to thrive. If you frequent these places, check your nails regularly for any changes in colour or texture.