Nail Care

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People use nail polish to beautify their nails, and these days you can find it in almost any color. So when you take the polish off, why are your nails sometimes yellow?

By Stephanie Crawford

Fungus is one of those words that just sound bad. Even if you don't know what it is, you definitely wouldn't want it growing on your body. However, as many as 14 percent of Americans suffer from nail fungus.

By Jason Nell

Buffing your nails regularly not only gives them a smooth shine, it also promotes healthy nail growth. But could buffing too much actually cause damage?

By Shannon Cicero

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Trimming a baby's nails can be a scary prospect for parents afraid of accidentally nicking their newborn's skin. But since it's a necessary task, how often does it need to be done?

By Shannon Cicero

Nail length is mainly a matter of personal preference, but certain factors can affect how often they need to be cut. What should you consider when deciding when to trim your nails?

By Gina Fisher

Regular trimming isn't the only important part of caring for your fingernails; keeping them filed also has some key benefits. How does this step help keep your fingernails healthy?

By Shannon Cicero

A pair of perfectly manicured hands can add the right finishing touch to your outfit. Then again, ragged, dry and cracked cuticles can ruin the entire look. Luckily, keeping cuticles moist and healthy is much easier than you'd think.

By Sarah Siddons

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Nail infections may not sound particularly serious, but they can be painful and can easily spread to surrounding tissue. But how do you know if your nail is infected, and how do you treat it?

By Susan Sentry

You've probably torn a fingernail or toenail before, and you know how frustrating and painful that can be. But how can you treat torn nails to help them grow back quickly?

By Christina Pander

Those pointy-toed heels may look great, but they can wreak havoc on your feet. If you have a red, swollen toe, it may be an ingrown nail, but how do you treat this often-painful condition?

By Christina Pander

Cracked, splitting nails can be unsightly and sometimes even painful, but how can you treat this frustrating condition?

By Shannon Cicero

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It's easy to take your nails for granted, but don't make the same mistake with your cuticles. Mistreating those little strips of skin on your nails can lead to more trouble than they're worth.

By Elizabeth Whitmore

Nail biting is a common nervous habit, especially in children, but can biting your nails cause health problems?

By Susan Sentry

It's common knowledge that sun exposure can cause sunburns, wrinkles and even skin cancer, but is the sun also bad for your nails?

By Susan Sentry

If you long for well-manicured hands and your short, broken nails just aren't cutting it, you may be considering acrylic nails. But are acrylic nails safe?

By Susan Sentry

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Nail health is more than just a cosmetic matter -- it can be a window to your overall well-being. What changes in your nails' appearance are worth contacting a doctor about?

By Jason Nell

When the nail technician rubs cuticle cream on your nails during a manicure, she's not just giving you a free massage -- she's improving your nail health. How do these creams help fight infection?

By Miranda Marcade

For such small pieces of skin, cuticles can have a big impact on your nail health. How do they help to fight against infection?

By Carla Jamy

If you're a parent, you might have noticed that your child's fingernails always need clipping, whereas your broken nail is taking weeks to grow back. Why do some nails grow quicker than others, and how fast do nails really grow?

By Susan Sentry

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Maybe you only think about them once a week when selecting a shade of OPI enamel, or perhaps you think about them daily because you're trying to quit biting them. No matter how often you think about them, what do you really know about your nails?

By Elizabeth Forester

Though hangnails may seem rather insignificant in the grand scheme of health problems, they can become infected and lead to a handful of other issues. Fortunately, there are many ways to avoid hangnail hazards.

By Sarah Siddons

Like the skin anywhere else on your body, cuticles can get dry. How are cuticle creams specifically formulated to heal these areas?

By Elizabeth Whitmore

If your brittle nails could talk, they would probably demand more protein or moisture. How can you get it to them and keep your nails happy and healthy?

By Jacob Silverman

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Sometimes, you just can't seem to help yourself. You resolve to quit biting your nails only to find your fingers looking ragged and bloody at the end of the day. How can you kick your nervous habit?

By Shanna Freeman & Colleen Cancio

You notice a white dot on your fingernail. You try to scrub it off and realize the little white dots are not paint; they're actually part of your nail. What could they be?

By Jason Nell