You stub a toe and destroy most of the nail; you hit your finger while doing a home improvement project and you blacken the finger nail; or maybe you use a very irritating chemical and the nail starts to peel…how do you help such damaged nails?
There are many ways to begin damaged nails treatment, for toe nails and fingernails, but the most important factor to keep in mind is the simple fact that you must fix damaged nails based on the way the damages occurred.
For example, injured nails may need to be treated by a physician. Why? When a nail is struck roughly or damaged by a strong blow, it can cause blood to become trapped beneath the nail. Sometimes that blood needs to be freed by a professional who can eliminate the pain and damage to the nail. This same medical expert is also the only one who can give you the antibiotics or the right creams to prevent a fungal infection from arising.
If you damage a nail and you don’t immediately get treatment, you may end up losing the nail and facing serious challenges when trying to get it to re-grow back to “normal”. Again, this is a time when medical treatment may be necessary to ensure that the nail bed or root is not damaged.
If you have damaged or brittle nails from exposure to water or chemicals, you might only need to begin using gloves and wearing moisturizing products on the hands and nails to undo the harm. If, however, the nails have degraded, it is best to seek treatment with a skilled professional who can make sure your nails can grow back properly, and who will ensure that they are in the best condition as well.
What to Do About Damaged Fingernails
If your fingernails are easily damaged, soaking them in olive oil for 10 to 15 minutes each day can be helpful in strengthening and healing your nails. Cuticle creams nourish your dry cuticles and nail beds with vitamin E. These creams are massaged around and on your fingernails each night before you end your day.
Avoiding the use of nail polish removers will strengthen your fingernails. Don’t use these products any more than you have to, and certainly not more than twice each month. Check the label of your nail polish removal products. If they contain acetone, don’t use them at all, since acetone damages nails and dries them out.
What Steps will Help Damaged Fingernails
Massaging your fingernails will stimulate the flow of blood to that area. This helps them to grow stronger as well as longer. Use moisturizing lotions and massage the cuticles, nails and hands. Every time you wash your hands, moisturize them, to keep from drying them out.
Your health care professional has probably told you many times that drinking lots of water is good for the body. It’s also good for your fingernails, as it turns out. It helps in hydrating damaged, dry nails.
Wear gloves when you do gardening, cleaning or dishes. Cleansers and detergents are hard on your nails, causing them to split or peel. Soil can also damage your fingernails.
Many people use their fingernails for things like opening cans of soda. Your fingernails were not meant for this type of task, so use some other object in situations where you might have once used your fingernails.
What Else Can You Do to Handle Weakened Fingernails
If you use a gel nail polish, it should come off easily. If it doesn’t, and you have to scrape, this can damage your fingernails. Removing polish incorrectly can cause your nails to become cracked and pitted. You should always allow the product used to break the gel bond to do its job.
Acetone is not good for your nails, but there are other problems may cause your nails to weaken and become damaged. If you have your gel nails done at a salon, your nail technician should allow the soak to fully break down the bond that the gel polish has on your nails. Forcing the polish off without waiting long enough for the remover to work will damage your nails.
Vitamin C in your diet will help your fingernails to become stronger. Eat lots of citrus fruits, along with broccoli, potatoes and bell peppers. You can also soak your fingernails in olive or vegetable oil when you remove nail polish. These oils work better, since they do not contain alcohol, which could dry out your damaged nails.
Petroleum jelly is useful for many things, and strengthening fingernails is among them. Rub some of this jelly on your nails and cuticles at bedtime. It will hydrate them through the night and into the next day. Petroleum jelly also helps in promoting more healthy circulation to the fingers, which means stronger fingernails.
Water is not a friend to fingernails. If you have to use your hands in water for any cleansing purpose, be sure to wear rubber gloves, and change them if they get water in them. Otherwise your nails will still be trapped within the water.