- Keep your hands clean and dry so bacteria won't get under your fingernails and cause an infection.
- Trim nails short (this helps keep bacteria and debris from getting trapped under your nails, where it can cause infection), but avoid tapering the edges of your nails, which increases your risk of ingrown nails.
- Don't trim or push back cuticles. Cuticles help guard the nail against bacteria and fungus.
- Avoid biting your nails, as this can also introduce bacteria and excess moisture into the nail area, creating favorable conditions for infection.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting, breathable shoes and socks to lower your risk of ingrown toenails and fungal infections.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredGood hygiene and smart habits will keep your nails healthy and strong. A few key tips:
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
There are several things you can do to achieve nail health. Most importantly, do not abuse your nails. Do not use them as tools to pry open containers. Wear correct fitting shoes, keep nails dry, and use moisturizer to keep skin and nails healthy. You could also try taking a biotin supplement to help make your nails stronger. Ask your doctor for more information about biotin supplements.