your cuticles. Even a minor cut alongside your nail can cause
Do not bite or pick at your nails.
To prevent a fungal nail infection:
Keep your feet clean and dry. Dry feet are less
likely to become infected. Apply powder to your feet when
Wear clean, dry socks. Change your socks once a day or more
frequently if they become wet.
Wear roomy shoes that allow air to
circulate around your feet.
Wear shower sandals or shower shoes
when you use public pools, spas, and showers.
To prevent problems with artificial nails:
Test for a reaction to the artificial nail by
having just one nail applied. Wait several days to see whether redness,
itching, pain, or rash around or under the nail or separation of the nail from
the nail bed develops.
Do not apply an artificial nail if the nail
or the skin around the nail looks irritated or infected.
artificial nail does separate from the nail bed, dip your fingertip into
rubbing alcohol for 15 seconds before reattaching the artificial nail. This
will clean the space between the nails.
Do not wear artificial
nails for longer than 3 months at a time. Give your natural nails a month to
rest before reapplying artificial nails.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 12, 2010
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