How to Prevent and Treat Common Nail Care Problems

By Brown Articles Published 04/29/2011 | Nail Care

Nail damage is a common problem for many women but with a few essential precautionary measures, the four of the most common nail problems can be easily solved without expensive or complicated treatments.

Ingrown toenails can be a problem and it is caused by an incorrect trimming of toenails. These toes that are not looked after properly will become red and swollen if not treated. To avoid this problem and treat it you should never cut your nails too short or down the sides, the best way to trim your nails is to follow their natural shape.

Brittle nails can also be a problem for they will break easily. Brittle nails are dry, too hard and flaky. The keratin cells in the nails need to stock up in their natural fat and also need to find their natural hydration. These elements present within the nail structure bind the tissues together and when broken up will lead to nail brittleness. You can avoid this problem by wearing gloves as often as you can and avoid applying and removing nail polish that contains chemical ingredients. You should apply a first layer of clear nail polish and then a single coat of colored nail polish to help reduce the amount of nail polish remover you use. You can also strengthen your nails by massaging the base of your nails with gentle nail cream.

Problem of fungal infections caused by bacteria that collects under hard and thickened and ingrown toenails can be avoided with a basic hygiene. You can also use griseofulvin if you have a mild case or Ketoconazole for moderated cases of fungal infection. If your problem gets really serious with pain and discoloration of the toenails you will have to consult with a specialist.

If you have a problem of under-nourished, weak nails with slow growth this can be treated by avoiding use of nails for common activities like opening tins, dialing a number using a classic phone machine and keeping nails short, properly trimmed, filed in one direction only and massaging in a cream right after your shower or bath, this is when your nails are softer.

Make sure you use thick gloves to protect your hands when gardening or using chemicals in household cleaning. You can also use acetone-free nail varnish remover and wear protective nail layers such as Polish-It. This nail care should be part of your regular nail care and development routine. Always file your nails in a single direction this will avoid any fraying and keep them strong.

Problem of frequently chipped, broken nails commonly caused due to working with unprotected hands or using the nails as 'tools,' frequent breakage and chipping of the nails can be avoided by a well-balanced diet. Try and eat a protein rich diet, taking calcium supplements to strengthen nails, wearing gloves while working with water and by using household cleaners with organic or chemical free ingredients that will not damage the hands and nails. To treat the condition with long term results you should always wipe hands dry and use a good quality hand cream and gently massage into the skin and nails then wear cotton gloves so that your hands receive all the benefit of the cream and also protect them.