Common Nail Care Problems Tips

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What does it mean if I have yellow nails?

Common Nail Conditions

Some nail conditions are harmless, others are signs of a more serious health problem. For example, yellow or green discoloration in your nails may be the result of a respiratory problem like chronic bronchitis, or from swelling of your hands (lymphedema). If you've had a heart attack, or other severe illness that limits the blood flow through your body, you might see indentations that run across your nails, called Beau's lines. These lines appear when growth at the area under your cuticle is interrupted by lack of oxygen or blood flow to the area. If you notice that your nail problems are associated with other signs and symptoms of an illness, make an appointment with your doctor to get it checked out.

What's the best way to trim my baby's fingernails?

Trimming Tiny Nails

Most children don't like having their nails clipped, but it's a necessary evil - for both the child and the parent. Here are a few easy steps, courtesy of Ladies Home Journal, to trimming tiny nails. - Use one hand to hold your baby's finger or toe and the other to clip. To reduce the likelihood of a pinch or cut, press the skin under the nail down and out of the way. - Trim the nail and round off any sharp edges. For fingernails, follow the nail's natural shape. For toenails, trim straight across. - When it's all done, smooth any rough edges with a soft emery board. If old enough, your child can do this, too, and work to lessen the anxiety of future clippings.

Could I be allergic to nailpolish?

Allergic to Nail Polish?

Could you be allergic to the ingredients in nail polish? An allergic reaction on your skin may be the result of exposure to foreign chemicals and ingredients found in many different products and plants, including:
- Dye for your hair, clothing, leather, furs
- Nail care products, cosmetics, sunscreen
- Fragrances, perfumes
- Rubber compounds
- Topical medications
- Poison ivy, other plants
- Detergents, cleaning products
- Metals, especially nickel

If you think it's your nailpolish or nail care products, don't fret. Not all brands use the same ingredients so first try switching nail polish brands before signing off on nail polish forever.

What's the best sanitation advice for nail technicians?

Hands, Touching Hands

Everyday viruses -- such as those that cause colds and flu -- are easily spread through the daily contact of hands. Everything from a business handshake to a manicure can spread disease. Since your nail technician is in direct contact with your hands, and others, they are more likely to transmit viruses and other contagious diseases. Nail technicians should always have the following at the their stations, or nearby, for hand sanitation purposes: antibacterial hand soap or gel, a waterless hand sanitizer or antiseptic solution, and rubbing alcohol for sterilization.

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