Hangnails. Most likely you have suffered from this little annoying pest at some point in your life. Some people find this to be a chronic issue. They can be painful. Possibly infected and they definitely are unattractive.
There are a few reasons why someone might get a hangnail or more. As most hangnails are a result of some sort of damage or trauma close to the cuticle area, nail biters are usually the first to deal with this problem. Seeing small tears in the skin around the nail. And for the nail biter this is just the perfect storm. Because, the first response it to bite that away too, and then the cycle repeats itself.
Dry skin, soaps or cleaning products that may be too harsh. Even hands that are always in the water. Dishwashers, swim instructors, chronic hand washing (especially in the winter), one of these or all of these can be contributing factors to those pesky hang nails.
Please resist the urge to pull or tear these away. We have so many nerve endings in our fingertips that it makes the pain of the hangnail so much worse when tampered with.
First of all the hangnail will not go away overnight. But there are some things you can do today to start the healing process and prevent them in the future.
If the area is quite inflamed or even infected I would recommend soaking the hand in warm (perhaps even slightly salted) water for 15-20 minutes. After this, take small scissors or clippers (CLEAN) and gently nip the hang nail away. Close but not too close to the initial tear area. Then apply some vitamin E, coconut oil, or polysporin. Wrap with a band-aid if you feel the need.
You can continue to soak the nail in warm water 2-3 times a week for some added relief. But only clip the area once. And let the body heal the rest.
As I mentioned above, there could be a few causes for hangnails. Be mindful to what the cause may be so you can learn to avoid or protect yourself in the future.
I do recommend being diligent with a cuticle oil or moisturizer, especially in the winter dryer months. Applying these regularly will help to defend your poor cuticles.
Regular manicures or gel polish is a great way to avoid hangnails. As they say, Leave it to the professionals!
It is tried, tested and true that gel polish protects the nail area and completely stops hangnails in their tracks! Added bonus, you get to pamper yourself and have beautiful nails!!
If you find that you have tried these methods and the hangnails are not getting any better. It may be time to visit your doctor so they can prescribe some hyrocortizone to stop the infection (if any).
I hope this helps to shed some light on what can be an annoying and distracting little problem. Let me know if you have tried one of these methods before. Or if you know someone that needs a little love in this area, please tag them in the comments below!
We don’t have to live like this! 😉
Cheyanne – The Nail Lamp Tramp