Nailing The Problem
Nails are little windows to your health. Imperfections like cracks, splits, ripples and bumps can be warning signs… explains Seema Sud
Aarushi is the envy of all her college friends. She has a natural glow on her face, her hair is long and silken and her clothes are in step with the trends of the season. But there is one secret that the 19-year-old tries desperately to hide---her nails which are perennially cracked and split. Nails are little windows to your health. While smooth and shiny nails usually mean sound health, imperfections like cracks, splits, ripples and bumps can be warning signs besides being an eyesore. With the exception of a few conditions which require you to see a skin specialist, flawed nails can be restored back to health easily. Here are some problems that you must know how to rectify.
Cracked & Split Nails
This is a common condition and basically indicates dryness. This can be the result of washing hands with hard water or with bad quality soap. It can also be the result of applying nail polish remover frequently. The remedy is simple. Apply a good quality moisturiser every time you wash your hands. But make sure to rub the moisturiser on your nails as well.
Nail Fungal Infection
Over half of the nail problems arise from fungal infections. People who sweat a lot can get this problem. Those who work in damp and moist conditions can also suffer from it. Other reasons could include tight footwear and shoes and socks that prevent ventilation. You would need medical intervention that would include oral drugs and ointments.
Skin Rashes Around Nails
This condition usually does not require a visit to a doctor’s clinic. It can be treated at home. Mix salt and water to the proportion of a teaspoon of salt to four cups of warm water and dip the infected nails into it for a few minutes morning and night. Then pat dry with towel and apply any over-thecounter antibiotic cream. The problem will go away in a few days.
Beau Lines Across Nails
These are depressed white lines that run across the nails from one side to the other. Usually the result of an illness, injury or even a trauma Beau Lines can also appear on the nails of patients undergoing chemotherapy. They do not require much treatment and usually phase out with the growth of the nail. If they don’t then a visit to the doctor may be required.
Yellow Nail Syndrome
This problem will surely require an appointment with a nail specialist. In this condition nails become thick and greenish yellow. They are loose and can even be detached. They are usually seen in people suffering from chronic bronchitis, sinusitis or rheumatoid arthritis. Though complete cure is elusive, modern medicine has therapies to improve the condition.
However, a little prevention may keep most nail problems at bay. For one, learn to keep nails short as long nails tend to break easily. This will keep the grime away and the nails will be easy to keep clean. Beauticians recommend soaking the nails every week in warm water and then doing a manicure, pedicure and applying a moisturizer on the nails. For ladies a coat of good quality nail polish is a great protection for the nails as they block out the chemicals from soaps and detergents.