Regardless of whether horses couldn’t drag you away from your weekly manicure or your nail care arsenal contains only nail clippers and maybe a nail file, caring for your fingernails and the skin around them is important to your overall health. One annoying problem that even the most carefully groomed hands encounter is the dreaded hangnail. Though hangnails may seem rather insignificant in the grand scheme of health problems, they can become infected and lead to a handful of other issues. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid hangnail hazards.
Hangnails actually don’t have anything to do with your fingernails. Many people confuse hangnails with ingrown nails, a condition in which the corner of your nails grows into the soft skin of your nail bed. In fact, hangnails are the dry, sometimes brittle triangular-shaped tags of skin around your fingernails that can tear off. Because they are many different causes of hangnails, everyone gets them occasionally. But chronic, consistent hangnails can lead to bigger problems.
When the skin around your fingernails tears off, it opens the door to infections, especially when you consider all of the bacteria your hands are exposed to on a daily basis, not to mention dishwater, cold weather, and all of the other things that dry out your hands in the first place.
Fortunately, there are quick and easy ways to prevent hangnails that range from moisturizing often to pampering your hands with cuticle soaks and manicures. http:www.webmd.com/skin-beauty/advances-skin-care-9/strong-nails-hands
If you just can’t beat those hangnails, there are other ways to treat them. Antibacterial lotions can often do the trick, and in more serious cases, a prescription antibiotic may be in order.
So if you want a set of good-looking hands somewhat free of hangnails and the other problems that they may bring, please keep your hands moisturized, clean, and always pamper yourself with a good manicure and cuticle soak if financially possible.