Healthy Nails Directory
Beautiful nails give you a polished image. Healthy nails indicate your overall health. Your diet, vitamins, and healthy habits affect your nails. If you regularly get professional manicures, learn the best practices to avoid infections and damage. Noticing changes in nail health may be the first step in recognizing more serious problems like diabetes, kidney problems, or heart disease. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage on healthy nails, how to manage them, and much more.
Why Do I Bite My Nails, and How Do I Stop?
Do you bite your nails? Find out what might be causing this bad habit and how to break it.
Artificial Nails: Problems and Treatment-Topic Overview
Common problems may develop with artificial nails,such as: Bacterial infection. You may dislodge an artificial nail from the nail bed by bumping it or catching it. Infection can develop in the gap that forms between the two nails,especially if the artificial nail is reglued before a thorough cleaning. Fungal nail infection. This can occur when moisture collects under acrylic nails. It is ...
Treating a Hangnail-Topic Overview
A hangnail is the strip of skin that separates from the side of the cuticle. Simple home treatment can help prevent problems with hangnails. Do not pull at or bite off a hangnail. This may cause the skin to rip. Clip off the hangnail neatly with sharp,clean cuticle scissors. Massage hand lotion or cream into your cuticles 2 to 3 times each day. ...
Treating Weak or Brittle Nails-Topic Overview
Home treatment may help repair weak,brittle,or splitting nails: Wear disposable plastic gloves or rubber gloves with cotton liners to protect your hands from water or chemicals. Apply moisturizing lotion directly to your nail. Apply a moisturizer at bedtime and cover with a white cotton glove or sock. Apply nail polish to slow the evaporation of water from your nail. Do not remove and ...
Healthy Fingernails: Clues About Your Health
To the trained eye, nails can provide valuable clues about your overall health; and noticing and following up on those clues is the best way to maintain healthy fingernails.
Hand and Nail Butter
This formula moisturizes dry hands and nails, chapped lips, rough knees, elbows, and feet.
Ask the Expert: Do Nail-Drying Machines Emit UV Rays?
WebMD's Skin and Beauty Expert explains how nail-drying machines work, plus how to protect yourself from their harmful UV rays.
A Dozen Tips for More Beautiful Nails
Getting healthy, beautiful nails can mean navigating through a minefield of myths. Here are the facts.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Your Guide to a Perfect Pedicure
Want 10 perfect toes? Get the most out of your pedicure with these tips to make it last.
Slideshow: 15 Tips for a Perfect Manicure
Want sizzling red fingernails? A cool, classic French manicure? WebMD's pictures show manicure tips for fashion, flattering nail shapes, and good health.