Tips for proper nail care

Cut nails right after bathing, cut horizontally and file round the edge of the nail, do not cut the cuticle at the base of the nail… will help to keep fingernails and toenails healthy.

Trimming and filing nails is a simple and important self-care for nails. Nails that are cut short will prevent dirt and bacteria, avoiding the risk of infection. In addition, the correct cutting technique helps prevent problems such as scratching at the corners of the nail, ingrown toenails.

The best time to trim your nails is right after taking a shower. If that’s not possible, soak your nails in warm water for a few minutes to soften them.

Need to use tools such as pliers (pliers) to cut specialized, file … suitable for fingernails and toenails. You should disinfect your tools monthly. To disinfect, soak a small brush in 70% to 90% alcohol, then use the brush to scrub the tool. Rinse tools in hot water and dry completely before storing.

When trimming nails, cut in a straight line. Use a nail file or emery board to round the edges at the corners. This helps keep the nail strong and prevents it from sticking to items like clothing or furniture.

To reduce the risk of ingrown toenails, cut the toenails across. Toenails grow slower than fingernails, so there’s no need to trim them as often. With the edges of the nails also need a file or sander to make them smooth. It is advisable to file the nail in the same direction as filing back and forth in multiple directions can thin and weaken the nail.

Retain the nail cuticle. The cuticle protects the base of the nail, so avoid cutting or pushing the cuticle back. When cutting the cuticle, bacteria will easily penetrate, cause infection and may take a long time to recover.

Post-trimming moisturizer helps soften nails. This is especially important in places where the air is dry, as nails are more likely to separate as they dry.

Nails reflect overall health. Some changes that occur in the nail can indicate signs of malignancy or infection, although most are benign. When there is a change in the color, texture or shape of the nails, see a dermatologist.

Dr. Phan Vu Lam Phuong

Dermatology – Aesthetic Unit, Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital


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