- Nail health relies on sufficient supplies of protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium, zinc, iodine, and iron. So make sure you're eating a balanced diet that includes all of these.
- If you wear nail polish, use an acetone-free remover, since acetone can dry out your nails, causing them to crack, which can lead to an infection under your nails.
- Don't bite, pick, or remove your cuticles or hangnails. Not only can this damage your nail bed (the skin underneath your nail), but this can also allow bacteria to enter your skin and cause an infection. Instead just push your cuticles back with a plastic cuticle tool.
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- Take care of your nails. Regularly trim your nails (with a clipper, not your teeth), and smooth rough edges with an emery board. Clean under your nails and then moisturize them to prevent cracking or breakage.
- If you like to get manicures and pedicures, make sure you go to a reputable place that cleans their instruments between each customer.
Fit's Tip: If you notice discoloration, indentations, or opaqueness on your nails, it's a good idea to see a doctor. Your nails can give clues about conditions such as anemia, Hepatitis, lupus, heart disease, or problems with your lungs.