Woman these days are equally conscious about their nails as face. Damaged nails are concern for many women. There are four most common nail problems and require easy day to day care solutions.
Nail is made of a protein called keratin. Nails play a role of protecting the ends of fingers and toes from daily distress caused by human movements. Healthy nails are resistant to tearing and breaking, and diet deficiencies may lead to brittle nails.
Here are four commonly found nails problems-
Brittle nails: This condition arises when nail plates are dry, hard and flaky. Keratin cell need replenishment to maintain their hydration and natural fat levels. When these two levels are imbalanced, it leads to brittle nails. You may wear gloves for doing household work or while using harmful/ harsh chemicals. Nail polish removers should be used wisely and frequent use should be avoided.
Ingrown toenails: If trimming of nails is done harshly, it may break through layer of nails and lead to red, swollen and painful toes. It is recommended to not to cut nails too short, ideally nails should be cut keeping the natural alignment of the toes shape.
Fungal infections: These are caused by microscopic organisms called fungi that need no sunlight for its survival. A group of fungi namely “dermatophytes” is responsible for nail fungal infections, although some varieties of yeasts and molds can also cause such infections.
These are more commonly found in men over women as they wear tight shoes (with socks) for long hours. Nails that are infected with fungus typically are thickened, brittle, crumbly, ragged, distorted, dull, and darker or yellowish in color. In presence of any of these symptoms along with severe pain, it is advised to seek medical help.
Under nourished and weak nails: This may occur due to inadequate diet, or constipation, or poor digestion. Nails under this condition look layered and are weak. This can be treated by including more protein and calcium in to your diet. You should avoid use of nails in situations such as opening of tin lid, wherein direct contact is with nails.
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