You and your hands are best friends, never to be parted. We communicate with our hands, we use them to work, and also to seduce. And of course, our nails are an indispensable part of that balance and beauty. But sometimes they don’t look as healthy as we want them to. How can you strengthen your nails and remedy the most common nail problems? Keep reading to find out!
Common nail problems and diseases
It’s important to take good care of our hands, as they are a sign of both health and beauty. But sometimes, because of a poor diet, lack of vitamins, or a fungal or other type of infection, they appear weaker every day and start to cause us to worry. That’s why we’re here to tell you about the most common nail problems and diseases, as well as how to remedy them.
Has this ever happened to you? It’s painful and annoying. Mycosis is a type of infectious disease caused by micropscopic fungi that particularly affects our nails. The most common is onychomycosis. It has several symptoms: you can lift the end of the nail to see a grey shadow below, or white marks appear to put you on alert.
Another characteristic is a thickening of the skin bordering the nail fold. The nails suddenly become thick, brittle or grooved.
Visit the doctor for an analysis to find out what type of fungus is causing the disease, whether it is a dermatophyte, a yeast or a mold. If it is a dermatophyte, for example, what you need is a chemical dressing that softens the nails to remove the problem. You can also take an oral antifungal medication.
While taking the prescribed medication you can also try the following simple home remedies:
- Mix three drops of tea tree oil with one tablespoon of olive oil and apply with cotton to the affected nail, every day for 20 days. Really easy. You can find tea tree oil in pharmacies or health food stores.
- Squeeze the juice from a lemon so you can submerge the affected hand or foot, also for 20 days.
- Use half a cup of apple cider vinegar to soak the nail on the affected hand or foot. Do it for 10 days, drying the fingers or toes well afterwards – it’s very effective.
2. Ingrown nail
Without a doubt, this is a very common problem. The condition occurs when the side edges of the nail (usually the big toe) sink into the skin, causing pain and even infection. Sometimes this is caused by an accident, by something falling on our feet, from wearing the wrong shoes, by practicing certain sports … or you may have a slightly complicated nail that always causes problems.
- Treatment of ingrown toenails almost always requires a small medical intervention to remedy and cure, since infections can become quite serious.
- To prevent ingrown nails, it is important to cut the nail straight across and never curved, since in this way it can become embedded into the skin side. Always leave the skin parallel to the outer edges.
- As for home remedies to deal with ingrown toenails, start with products that act as natural antibiotics to lower inflammation and treat infections. Take note: place a clove of garlic on the ingrown nail and wrap with a bandage at night. You can also soak the affected nails in onion juice for at least 20 minutes. Do this every day over a period of a week, drying the fingers or toes well. Also, salt water baths are always very effective. Fill a bucket and drop in 5 tablespoons of sea salt to soak your feet, leaving for about 20 minutes.
3. Flaking nails
Many people suffer from falking nails. But what is it exactly? This is a condition where nails transform into thin layers similar to flakes. It’s annoying, the nails get stuck in your clothes… and it’s the sign of a health problem.
What type of disease or condition does it indicate? Thyroid problems, lack of hydration, contact with chemicals, poor diet, lack of sleep, anxiety and even stress.
You should visit the dermatologist and also your doctor for a checkup and to find out what is causing the flaking. Meanwhile, if you see that you are suffering from this condition, increase your intake of calcium, vitamin A, B and D, and avoid foods that prevent its absorption, such as coffee.
It is also best to cosume plenty of liquids, fresh fruit and vegetables to prevent the condition, as well as following this advice:
- Don’t use cheap or bad quality nail polish that can contain products that damage your nails.
- Use special nail polish to avoid flaking nails, at least three times per week. You can find these in pharmacies.
- Avoid cutting the flakes so you don’t damage the nails more.
- Submerge the fingers in apple cider vinegar for three minutes, at least twice a week.
- To seal the flakes and hydrate the nails, a simple solution is to hydrate nails with oilve oil. It’s as effective as it is healthy.