Nail problem solutions and nail facts
LET’S STUDY THE STRUCTURE OF THE NAIL FIRST.
Nail plate – the part of the nail that we can see.
Nail folds – The folds in which the nail plates are situated.
Nail bed – the skin under the nail plate.
Cuticle – The tissue that is found on the corners of the nails.
Nail matrix – The place from where the nail grows.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions……………
Q: The tips of my nails look discolored. What can I do to prevent or to remove this?
A: dip a cotton bud in lemon juice and apply it under the nails, leave for 10 minutes and rise well. Then apply hand cream generously to counteract the drying effect.
Q: Some nail polishes are hypo allergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. How can nails have an allergic reaction?
A: Of course the nails don’t become allergic to any substance but your skin will. So when a person with sensitive skin applies a normal nail polish and then touch her skin it can cause allergic reaction.
Q: Jewelry causes an allergic reaction on my fingers. How can I prevent this?
A: Coat the inner part of the jewelry with hypo allergic nail polish.
Make sure that no soap residue remains after use.
Q: How to get rid of ridges from my nails?
A: You can use a ridge filer. Use the buffer to attain smooth surfaces under the polish. Even two coats of polish will do the trick.
Q: Why does a nail turn black when it is damaged?
A: If you trap your nail in the door it turns black because your nail bed bleeds and the blood has no place to go so it dries and attaches itself to the nail bed.
You can lessen this by dumping your damaged hand in a container of ice cubes.
Q: What shape should I cut my nails into?
A: it is recommended by chiropodist to cut nails straight, which means they will look square. But your lunular (the white colored semi-circle at the nail base) gives you a good idea of the best nail shape for your finger.
Q: My nails have started showing ridges and are cracking vertically. What can I do?
A: Nails crack when they are dehydrated. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and apply some protein rich moisturizer to help your nails recover from the dryness.
Q: My nails are too soft and tears when they are filed.
A: This can sometimes happen if you are using low quality nail tools. The strength and the thickness of the nail is an inherited character and sometimes do not hint towards a nail problem.
Q: My nails are discolored and flaky. It is also very thick. What can I do?
A: This can be due to dry nails but these symptoms also exists in people with fungal infection. Please consult a doctor to determine its cause.
Q: My nails tend to tear easily. Is there any solution?
A: Nails should be kept short to prevent tear. You nails maybe very thin and soft, so you can start applying a protein rich nail cream but remember to keep your nails short till they are back to their thickness.
Q: My nails are too thick. They are ridged and tend to break easily. What should I do?
A: Nails break when they are dry. Use a nail moisturizer to moisturize them; this will make your nails healthy.
Q: The skin at the tip of my nail is very hard and cracked. Is this because of old age?
If you have a habit of biting nails then this will be the result. You have to apply some hand cream and massage it into your fingertips.
Sometimes shape of the nail, color and thickness is inherited but it can also be caused due to a health problem.
People with lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease and thyroid disease will have ridged or any of the nail problems mentioned above.
AS I HAVE STATED IN MY TOPIC THESE ARE THE MOST COMMON NAIL PROBLEMS HOWEVER IF YOU ARE IN PAIN OR HAVE A SEVERE CASE PLEASE DO CONSULT A DERMATOLOGIST.
Foods needed for healthy nails.
The best way to get fabulous nails is by following a healthy balanced diet.These diet tips will help you eat your way to stronger nails...
- Step up your protein intake
- Think zinc- zinc helps in the growth and renewal of cells.
- Whole grain, nuts, seeds and lean meat are rich in zinc.
- Take 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day
- Boost your iron intake- lack of iron will make then ails thin and flat.
- Dark green vegetables, red meat and dried fruits are rich in iron.
- Flaky dry nails often respond to a supplement of evening primrose or flower oils because they both contain the polysaturated fatty acids needed for the structure of cells and to lock moisture.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Don’t clean under your nails frequently as this will cause the nail plate to be lifted.
- Make sure that you use clean socks and dry shoes.
- Shoes should have enough room for movement of air but need not necessarily be loose.
- Avoid strong chemicals that are normally found in soaps and detergents.
- Don’t smoke as this will result in weak and ugly looking nails.
- Never bite nails or hand nails.
- Make sure you wash your hands at least 5 times a day with mild soap. Our hands always dirty as we tough lots of things that other people has used.
- Make sure you wash your hands up to the wrist before and after eating as this will surely reduce half the sickness and diseases that others are prone to.
DID YOU KNOW.......
- On average nails grow 3 cm per month.
- Nails grow faster in summer than in winter.
- Nails also grow at faster rate during pregnancy.
- If you lose a nail owing to an accident, it will take 6 months to grow it back.
- The middle fingernail grows the fastest while the thumb is the slowest.
- Toenails grow slowly than finger nails.
- Toenails are twice as thicker than finger nails.
- Nails and hair are made up of the same material called keratin
- Men’s nails grow faster than a women's.
- If you are a right hander your nails on the right hand will grow faster than the left hand vice versa.
- Typing is a form of nail exercise that encourages nail growth.