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|Need help with your nails? Want healthy nails?|
This is the website dedicated to all things nails. We teach you
how to care for and treat nails. With special consideration dedicated to
treatment of bad nails and fungus affected nails. Advice from doctors
and homeopathic experts on how to treat these embarassing conditions.
We also have a list of common nail problems and how to spot these conditions. That's because problems with your nails such as discoloration or changes in growth rate, can be a signal of a larger health issue.
A Major concern for many people is Toenail Fungus. You can easily pick this up from walking barefoot in areas where the fungus grows. It is also highly contagious and can quickly spread. We have information and a guide on how to treat nail fungus naturally.
Healthy nails are smooth and are fairly consistent in color, while white spots and vertical ridges are not harmful. It is important to eat healthy and maintain your nails properly, if you want great looking nails.
Tutorials and help with how to file and shape nails, as well as application of acrylic or fake nails. Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections, ingrown nails, tumors and warts.
We also offer advice and tips on the best nail polish brands, as well as other cosmetic related topics. Want to know how to give yourself a manicure or a pedicure? We can help you with that as well.
Take a look at your nails now, if they look healthy then good. If not, this could be a sign of poor overall health. Healthy nails are smooth and are fairly consistent in color. Specific types of nail discoloration and changes in growth rate can signal various lung, heart, kidney and liver diseases, as well as diabetes and anemia. White spots and vertical ridges are harmless.
Your toenails and fingernails protect the tissues of your toes and fingers. They are made up of layers of a hardened protein called keratin, which is also in your hair and skin.
Bad nails can require treatment, please take care of your nails. Nail problems that sometimes require treatment include bacterial and fungal infections, ingrown nails, tumors and warts. Keeping nails clean, dry and trimmed can help you avoid some problems.
Take Care Of Your Nails
Leaving the length of the nail alone is smart part of nail care. The part of the nail that extends past the quick is dead and can be easily damaged. Be careful not to over file your nails, overfiling of the nails can start to tear the fibrous material of the nail itself.
Only file your nails when they are completely dry, wet nails are much more susceptible to damage and tearing. Use gentle files and shape your nails with gentle pressure. This is a little known secret which will give you stronger and more beautiful nails. Filing nails in only one direction isn't necessary, just remember to file them with gentle care.
The best way to care for your nails and keep them healthy is to care for the cuticle. Push the cuticles back as little as possible. The less you play with the cuticle, the healthier the nails will be.
Over trimming of the cuticle can destroy the integrity of the nail matrix, this can cause unhealthy nail growth. The cuticle actually forms a protective barrier between the exposed dead nail and the living growing part of the nail. Over trimming of the cuticle can cause brittle, weak, unhealthy nails and even ones that can grow unevenly.
Soft Or Brittle Nails
If you are looking for stronger nails or you have problems with soft or brittle nails. You can try taking a Biotin supplement, this should over time make your nails stronger. Biotin supplements can usually be found at drug stores or health stores.
Detergents and constant exposure to water can soften the nails. Try to keep them dry whenever possible, wear gloves when doing dishes.
Some women say that acrylic nails are bad, are they
really bad for your nails?
Wearing acrylic or artificial nails can cause the nails to become a bit coarser over time. One thing you do need to be concerned about with wearing acrylic nails, is the possibility of infection.
A gap can develop between the real and fake nail and can separate from the normal growth of the nail. This gap can be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and hence an infection. If you do get an infection from bad acrylic nails then be sure to see a dermatologist for an evaluation and treatment of the nail.
Some people can also have an allergic reaction to acrylic nails, though this is rare. This is usually more to due with the chemicals and adhesives used in the application process.
If you have your nails done at a nail salon be sure that they are licensed. Try getting a referral from family or friends before visiting a nail salon. Make sure that the equipment used at the salon is properly sanitized, don't be afraid to ask to be sure. Make sure that you and the nail technician both wash up before the procedure begins, there should be some form of pre-scrubbing.
If the salon does not look neat, tidy and orderly that could be a sign that something is wrong. If there is a strong odor in the salon then this could be a sign of poor ventilation and maybe a poorly run establishment.
Many women enjoy the use of acrylic nails and they can be fairly safe, just make sure that you take precautions when using acrylic nails. So you don't end up with bad acrylic nails!!
|Diet and Nail Health|
Looking for healthier nails, try a healthier diet.
Did you know that a poor diet can lead to health, skin and even nail problems?
Well, it is true.
Your body needs healthy fuel to work properly and to thrive. For healthy skin and nails eat better foods.
Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, these foods contain the vitamins and minerals that your skin and nails need to grow and replenish themselves. Raw vegetables are the best, yet steamed are fine too.
Keeping your body properly hydrated is also good for the skin and nails.
Avoid greasy foods, fast foods and fried foods as these are full of toxins which can build up over time and cause health and nail problems. Avoid artificial additives, chemicals and dyes when possible, frozen and preserved foods are full of these.
Some oils, like the ones found in fish can actually be healthy for nails, hair and your skin. Omega 3 fatty acids and Cod liver oil can help strengthen the nails, especially if you have brittle nails.
So feed your body well and you will have healthy, beautiful nails.
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