Nail Care and Nail Disorders
The nail, an appendage of the skin, is a horny, translucent plate that protects the tips of the fingers and toes. Onyx is the technical term for the nails. The condition of the nail, like that of the skin, reflects the general health of the body.
Nail Care Tips
Nails are produced by living skin cells in the fingers and toes. They are composed primarily of keratin, a hardened protein also found in skin and hair.
A normal healthy nail is firm and flexible and appears to be slightly pink in color. Its surface is smooth, curved and unspotted, without any hollows or wavy ridges.
Remember the following tips:
Signs and Symptoms of nail disorders
Nail disorders comprise about 10 percent of all skin conditions. Nail disorders are accompanied by the following signs and symptoms.
Discoloration or spotting
Treatment of nail disorders or diseases
Without treatment, condition often spreads to multiple toenails and can form a portal for recurrent bacterial infections. Common in diabetics and can contribute to foot problems.
Surgical treatment is common to remove tumors or correct structural abnormalities. Non-surgical treatments include the use of topical or oral medications.
Nail technicians are trained to beautify the hands/feet and are not allowed to diagnose nail diseases or to treat them in the salon. For your nail health, seek the diagnosis and recommendation of a knowledgeable dermatologist.
Herbal home remedies for curing nail infections
Herbal remedies may offer relief from symptoms. Herbs are generally available as dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted).
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