Health Tip: Protect Against Infection From Artificial Nails

Health Tip: Protect Against Infection From Artificial Nails

Health Tip: Protect Against Infection From Artificial Nails

Wash and care for them properly

(HealthDay News) -- Artificial nails can make your fingers look fancy, but it's important to make sure you properly care for and maintain them to avoid infection.

The American Academy of Dermatology suggests:

  • Use artificial nails only if your own nails are healthy. Artificial nails may worsen nail problems, possibly leading to nail loss.
  • Apply one nail initially to make sure you don't have an allergic reaction.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, using a brush to clean underneath your nails.
  • Thoroughly dry your hands and nails.
  • Reattach any artificial nail that is loose.
  • Get a touch-up every two-to-three weeks, and remove nails every two-to-three months.
  • Wear gloves when you wash dishes or do yard work.
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