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  • How to Stop Biting Nails
    By Health Blog on May 2, 2011 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Biting nails is a compulsive habit that is usually done by kids and teenagers, with adults also sometimes having the compulsion. Onychophagia is the technical term used to describe the biting of fingernails but you probably won’t hear anyone other than a doctor using the term.

    What are the Symptoms of Biting Your Nails?
    While the symptoms in most cases are generally mild, socially nail biting is looked down upon and then there’s the aesthetics of the nails themselves which can look less than appealing in more extreme cases of nail biters. Various cuticle problems causing issues like whitlow, felon or paronychia which are bacterial or fungal infections can arise. Bacteria is also more easily transmitted to the mouth which can create a variety of problems.

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    Nails of a Nail Biter

    How to Stop Biting Nails
    Treatments for nail biters are behavioral in nature and can include nail polishes which discourage biting your fingernails, making the act displeasurable. Mouthpieces have also been used to stop biting nails.

    For more severe cases where simple treatments fail to work there is behavioral therapy. A therapist can help in replacing the bad habit of chewing your nails with a more constructive and desirable habit. Most teens generally grow out of the habit though, so it is rarely ever a long term condition.

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  • Is Toenail Fungus Contagious?
    By Health Blog on August 6, 2010 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    Toenail fungus is a highly contagious infection. This unsightly and sometimes painful condition can easily be passed from one person to another unless the proper precautions are taken. This is especially true among family members that share bathrooms. It can also be passed between friends or strangers at gyms or at public showers near the community swimming pool. Even the local water park can be a source of toenail fungus. In fact, any place that harbors moisture can harbor the bacteria that causes fungus to grow on the toenails.

    Toenail Fungus

    Toenail Fungus

    It is important to recognize the symptoms of toenail fungus so that treatment can begin as early as possible. Generally the nails turn yellow and thick. They appear bumpy or even crusty. Sometimes the area around the nail can become inflamed and tender. Toenail fungus can be difficult to treat, often requiring oral as well as topical medications. This can cost time, money, and much frustration in addition to the discomfort of the condition.

    So how does one avoid picking up or spreading a toenail fungus? The simple answer is to keep your feet clean and away from places where you could encounter or leave the bacteria that cause toenail fungi. Stay away from public swimming pools. Do not go barefoot in the shower area at the gym. If you must go to places like those, make sure you wear shower shoes and then wash and dry your feet thoroughly afterward. When you get home, treat yourself to a foot soak in Epsom salts or a mixture of apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil in a twenty-minute foot bath or being proactive and using a tea tree oil product like zetaclear can help.

    When you are infected, stay away from the nail salon to avoid passing on the condition to others. If someone else in your family comes down with a toenail fungus, take extra care in the family bathroom. Keep it clean and disinfected—that’s the tub and the floor, especially. Do not share towels. Around the rest of the house, everyone should wear sandals to avoid contact with the bacteria that may be tracked on the floor. Mop the floor on a regular basis.

    There are some other simple things that you can do to avoid passing on or picking up a toe fungus. Never share shoes with anyone—not even a close family member. You wouldn’t share your toothbrush or hair brush. Change your socks and shoes on a frequent basis—and don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day. Spray your shoes with a disinfecting spray and then let them air out so that they will not harbor the bacteria that can cause toenail fungus. Wash your socks in hot water, preferably with bleach. Towels should be washed the same way.

    Finally, make sure you dry your feet completely after you take a shower or bath, or after you go swimming. Remember: dry and light are the keys to keeping your feet free of this unsightly and highly contagious fungus. Cleanliness and care will ensure that you and your family are protected from this condition.

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  • How to take care of your nails?
    By Health Blog on May 13, 2010 | No Comments  Comments

    If you are like most people, you spend your days working with your hands. You clean with them, you cook with them you spend hours pounding away at a keyboard using them. The problem happens when your nails begin to show damage for all that you do to them. If you are hoping to have great looking nails for a long time, you will need to invest some serious attention in your nail care. The good news is that it does not have to be a hard process to follow.

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    nails

    Start with a good cleaning. Use a nail brush for the hard to reach underside of your nails. You also want to focus on the tops of the nails, giving them a once over with the brush to loosen and remove any debris or dead skin cells there. Next, use a cuticle trimmer to push back and trim those cuticles. This aids you in having great looking nails but it also helps the nails to grow back faster and better. You will want to be careful not to cut yourself here as that is worse than having the cuticles in the first place. Also, remove any hangnails you have.

    Do invest in manicures and pedicures. Pedicures do clean up your nails as mentioned above, but they also help to moisturize the nails and add good nutrients to the nails and the surround tissue. This is beneficial to your overall look. Also, consider having a professional pedicure and manicure at least one time every month. This makes an incredible difference in your nail care.

    When choosing products to apply to your nails, you should keep these things in mind.

    • Choose a product that is as healthy as possible. Some nail polishes and other applications are available as organic or less toxic versions. It does make a difference!

    • Choose products that are middle of the line in terms of costs. Quality is important for a professional look.

    Choose colors and styles that you like. After all, you do want to enjoy those nails yourself. Keeping up with your nails does not have to be difficult. Invest just a few minutes each day for touch ups and about an hour once a week and you will have some of the most amazing looking nails in your area. Moreover, you can definitely count on quality if you do take care of your nails on a regular basis.

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