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Most people underestimate the significance of nail cutting. If your nails are not correctly clipped, you can get infections beneath your nails, hangnails, and ingrown nails, all of which are highly unpleasant and bothersome. Proper hand hygiene includes both cleaning and cutting your nails, which can trap dirt and bacteria and contribute to the development of some disorders, such as pinworms. Nails should be kept short, and the undersides should be cleansed on a regular basis with soap and water. Nail cutting should be an important element of your hygiene routine.

Nail Cutting Do’s

Firstly, sterilise the toenail clippers before using them to avoid bacteria and germs from being passed to your nails. It’s important to use the correct type of clippers, fingernail clippers are way too small for toenails. As well, most people believe that when they trim their nails, they should do so while they are wet, but this is incorrect. In fact, they are more likely to tear or become jagged when wet since they are softer and easier to break. To prevent this from happening, you should trim your nails when they are dry.

Furthermore, when cutting your nails, you should do so in a straight line rather than a curved fashion. This keeps the sides from digging into the flesh. In addition, while cutting your nails, make a few little, straight cuts across the nail rather than one long cut across, and do not keep them too short. They should be short and refined, yet being too short can cause discomfort. After you’ve completed cutting your nails, file them to remove any rough corners or edges. You can do this with a nail file or an emery board.

Nail Cutting Dont’s

Plenty of people often forget that nails are reflective of your health. Your nails can indicate dietary deficiencies or systemic health conditions such as diabetes, psoriasis or peripheral vascular disease. It is critical for your health that your nail cutting routine is correct. As well as any changes to your nails are not ignored. 

Leave your cuticles alone. It is crucial to avoid cutting or pushing back your cuticles as they act as a seal of protection to your skin. When you trim or cut your cuticles, bacteria and other germs are more likely to enter your body, causing an infection. Nail infections can be quite painful and take a long time to heal. As well as leaving your cuticles alone, you should also leave your hangnails alone. Pulling on your hangnail may be quite tempting but can cause tissue to rip as well as the hangnail itself. You should instead carefully cut them off. If you notice a problem with your nails, do not ignore it!

Finally, avoid using harsh nail products such as acrylic and gel on your nails as these are a common cause of contact dermatitis which can be transferred from the hands to the face and other areas of the body. Use nail polish remover sparingly. When removing nail polish, use an acetone-free solution. 

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Nail Cutting Do’s and Don’ts