What is a hangnail?
If you have a small piece of torn skin hanging next to your fingernail, you have an attached nail. Although it would be reasonable to think that it is a condition that affects the nail – since the nail contains the word “nail” – a cutaneous nail is specifically a dermatological condition.
What causes hangnails?
These are very common and can be caused by several things. Many people experience hangnails when their skin is dry, such as during the driest and coldest days of winter or with repeated hand washing. Hangnails can also be caused by trauma, such as a paper cut or excessive finger pinching. Those who are in the habit of scratching their nails and nearby areas are more likely to have hangnails than those who do not.
Some people, due to their occupations, are more likely to have stepparents which include:
- Food staff
- Carpenters and builders
How to treat hangnail?
Avoid the temptation to scam the little fools. Ripping out the inflamed tissue will not only hurt like hell, but it will also leave your fingers prone to infection.
“When you remove them, you usually tear part of the skin from the normal surface that prevents the entry of bacteria,” says Dr. Jacobs. “When you tear off a hangnail, you can improve an infection in the nearby skin.”
So, it goes without saying that tearing a hangnail is definitely impossible. Not only do you have your mouth full of germs, but your hands too, so you are at a much higher risk of infection.
In most cases, infected hangnails are provisional, mild, and can be treated at home. If it develops an abscess or begins to produce pus, a doctor may need to drain it. Avoid doing this at home, as indecorous drainage can lead to further complications. A medical professional can usually diagnose an infected hangnail with the naked eye. They can also send a sample to a laboratory to determine the type of infection.
An infection that lasts longer than 6 weeks can be a chronic condition. A doctor can advise you on the best treatment for this condition. In rare cases, the infection can spread to the hand or foot. This can be very serious and cause a loss of sensation or mobility and can put the limb at risk for amputation. Infections are more likely to spread in people with diabetes or other circulatory disorders.
“Don’t cut too close to the cuticle when wounding your nails,” he says. And, if you must cut your own cuticles, first soften them in warm water and then push them back using the extension of your nail clipper (it is designed to lift and loosen the cuticle). Cut slowly, or if you’re handy with manicure scissors and somewhat ambidextrous, use them to cut off excess skin. Or just treat yourself to a manicure, man.
“Hydration can help prevent hangnails, mainly when you see a balm, as they hydrate and protect the skin better than cream or lotion,” says Collyer. “I use Physician Rogers to Restore Healing Balm on my cuticles and nails, which prevents the skin from cracking.” He also recommends soaking your needles once a week for 10-15 minutes and then immediately applying the balm. “And of course, don’t soak for hours in the pool or go separate without gloves.