Tender Loving Care for a Healthier You

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Tender Loving Care for a Healthier You


Your state of health may be reflected by your hair and nails.

Nails:

A Window on Health

Some diseases and serious conditions can be detected by changes in the nails. Common health conditions and their effect on nails include:

CONDITION          NAIL APPEARANCE

Liver Diseases     White nails
Kidney Diseases    Upper half of nail
                   is pink or brown,
                   lower half is white
Heart Conditions   Nail bed is red
Lung Diseases      Yellow nails,
                   slowed growth rate;
                   abnormally curved
                   and shiny
Anemia             Pale nail beds;
                   spoon-shaped
Diabetes           Yellowish nails,
                   with slight reddening
                   at the base

Nail Care Tips

Many nail disorders result from poor nail care. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following tips to help keep nails healthy:

1. Keep nails clean and dry to prevent bacteria from collecting under the nail.

2. Soak thick toenails in warm salt water for ten minutes and apply a 10 percent urea cream (available at drug stores without a prescription). Trim as usual.

3. Cut nails straight across and round slightly at the tip for maximum strength.

4. Use a fine-textured file to keep nails free of snags.

5. Avoid biting fingernails.

6. Seek treatment from a dermatologist for sore ingrown toenails.

The Nail File

Nails are composed of a hardened protein called keratin, a substance also found in the skin and hair. A fingernail or toenail consists of these parts:

Nail Plate: The visible part of the nail on fingers and toes; composed of keratin

Nail Bed: The skin beneath the nail plate

Nail Root: The area under the cuticle, the hidden part of the nail unit where growth takes place

Lunula: Crescent-shaped white area at the base of the nail, usually most pronounced on the thumb

Cuticle: Thin tissue that overlaps the nail plate and rims the base of the nail

Nail Folds: The folds of skin that frame and support the nail on three sides

Felon: An infection around the nail. …

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