Nails are a specialised form of skin. They provide 10 (or 20) little places that you can decorate. But more than that, they protect your sensitive fingers and toes, and they help you pick up small things, scratch itches, and hold on to or manipulate objects. You can also abuse them by biting, peeling, and picking at them.
Your nails provide important clues to your overall health. Broken, discoloured, or misshapen nails can indicate nutritional deficiencies, infections, or skin conditions. Good nail care keeps your hands and feet looking nice and is part of a general program of good health habits.
Basic tips to care for your nails include:
- Keep them clean and dry. This helps prevent infection.
- Shape them straight across rather than to a point. Pointed nails are weaker and can break more easily.
- Do not bite or pick them. Bitten nails are more easily infected.