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Tips for Strong and Healthy Nails

The following are a set of tips that helps you to keep your fingernails in tiptop shape:

Bullet Keep your nails clean and dry.

Bullet Nail-biting or picking is to be avoided

Bullet Daily application of moisturizer to your nails and cuticles helps. To prevent cracking use creams with urea, phospholipids, or lactic acid

Bullet Rather than filing nails to a point, always file your nails in one direction and round the tip slightly

Bullet Removing the cuticles or cleaning too deeply under your nails can lead to infection.

Bullet Bothersome ingrown toenails are to be dealt only by a dermatologist

Bullet Nail polish removers that contain acetone or formaldehyde should be avoided

Bullet Green discoloration of artificial nails could be a sign of bacterial infection

Bullet Eat a well balanced diet that has vitamins and minerals. A short course of multi-vitamin capsules or tablets may also help to take care of any deficiency.

Bullet If haemoglobin is low and you are anemic take food rich in iron like apple and green vegetables.

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