Caring for Your Nails

Caring for Your Nails

Nail issues are often not serious. Common problems include brittle or loose nails that may change in color or shape.

It’s natural for nails to evolve

– Thicken or become more brittle with age.
– Experience changes during pregnancy, returning to health within six months postpartum.
– Change color, loosen, or fall off after an injury; fingernails usually regrow within six months, while toenails may take up to 18 months.

To maintain healthy nails


– Wear rubber gloves when hands are frequently in water or using cleaning products.
– Clean nails with a soft brush.
– Regularly apply hand cream to nails and fingertips.
– Trim nails regularly, preferably after a shower or bath.
– Cut injured or loose nails back to where they are still attached for normal regrowth.


– Avoid cutting nails down the edges; trim straight across the top to prevent ingrown toenails.
– Avoid cleaning under nails with sharp objects.
– Avoid tight shoes, especially during exercise.
– Avoid biting or picking nails and surrounding skin.
– Address fungal infections promptly, such as athlete’s foot.


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