Healthy Nails
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Mani-Pedi Quiz

Test your nail-care knowledge -- from avoiding infections to knowing what to look for in a nail salon -- with this quiz.

Begin Quiz
The Mani-Pedi Quiz
The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 1 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent yellow nails from nail polish?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: To reduce yellowing, remove polish once a week and let your nails "breathe" for a day or two before you polish them again.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Nail polish is toxic.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Nail polish is likely the most toxic cosmetic there is, containing poisonous substances such as formaldehyde, phthalates, acetone, toluene and benzophenones.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 3 of 20 Correct

What nail polish remover is healthiest to use?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Acetone is a powerful chemical solvent that can weaken the top layers of your nails. Instead, look for a non-acetone nail polish remover, which is a lot safer and less damaging to the nail.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 4 of 20 Correct

How can you keep nail tools sanitary at home?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. If you share a mani-pedi kit, throw away the emery board and orange stick. Scrub any metal tools, such as toe clippers or scissors, with soap and water; then disinfect them in an antibacterial solution. Clean the basin the same way.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 5 of 20 Correct

How can you prevent ingrown nails?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Keep your nails clean and dry and cut them straight across to prevent ingrown nails.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Biting your nails can transfer infections.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Avoid biting your fingernails, as this can transfer infections. If you notice any changes or discolorations in your nails, see your dermatologist.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men's nails grow faster than women's.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Men may need to cut their nails more frequently than women, as women’s nails tend to grow more slowly (except possibly during pregnancy).

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 8 of 20 Correct

How can you strengthen your nails?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. To keep your nails strong, use a nail-strengthening product and practice good nail care, such as protecting your nails from chemicals and being gentler with your nails while filing or buffing. Additionally, some researchers recommend the vitamin Biotin or B12.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 9 of 20 Correct

What should you do if you have a hangnail?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: A hangnail is a cuticle that gets too dry and splits off. When a hangnail sprouts, carefully trim it so you’re not tempted to peel it. You can also help it out by applying a topical antibiotic like Neosporin to kill the bacteria and hydrate the skin. Preventing hangnails is all about keeping your cuticles moisturized and pushing back your cuticles once a week.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 10 of 20 Correct

What's the most often you should get your nails done?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Get your nails done at most once a week and look for a salon that has good ventilation and isn't in a confined space.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you have toenail fungus, you should apply nail polish.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Toenail polish prevents moisture in the nail bed from evaporating through the nail, so it's not a good idea for people with toenail fungus.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Toenails grow faster than fingernails.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Each of your nails grows at a different rate—your toenails grow slower than your fingernails and the nails on your middle fingers typically grow faster. On average, your nails grow about 0.004 inches (0.1 millimeters) each day.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 13 of 20 Correct

How can you get a safe pedicure?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: All of the above. If you get manicures and pedicures, don't have your cuticles removed (it can lead to infection). Choose a reputable salon where the tools are properly sterilized. Ideally, bring your own instruments and sterilize them yourself by boiling them in water for 10 minutes.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: You could get hepatitis from the nail salon.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. If the nail salon does not properly sterilize, you could risk being contaminated with someone else's fungus or with a viral infection such as hepatitis B, C or warts.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 15 of 20 Correct

For how long should reusable instruments at nail salons be disinfected?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Reusable instruments should be disinfected for at least 10 minutes in either a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved, high-level disinfectant solution or in a disinfectant registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. They should then be stored in a clean, dry container.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Foot razors are illegal in some states.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Do not allow nail technicians to use razors on your feet, as this can lead to a bad infection.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Nail salon foot tubs should be scrubbed with disinfectant in between clients.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Foot tubs at nail salons are often not properly cleaned -- instead of just rinsing the tubs down, they should be scrubbed with an antibacterial disinfectant in between clients.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Using artificial nails can make you more susceptible to infections.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Artificial nails are generally safe. However, if the artificial nails are not properly placed, the nails can be more susceptible to infections. Go to a licensed salon to avoid problems with artificial nails.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's dangerous to get a pedicure if you have diabetes.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes will want to be extra careful about avoiding wounds or sores on their feet in a salon or spa. Nail technicians may not be used to the gentle care someone with diabetes may need and there is a risk of nicking the feet. Consult with your physician before getting a pedicure.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Question 20 of 20 Correct

What could dark streaks or spots on your nails mean?

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: Certain nail conditions can indicate an underlying disorder that is serious. Dark streaks or spots on nails can sometimes be melanoma, which is a serious form of skin cancer. Always see your doctor to have any nail abnormalities checked out.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Congratulations!

You got out of 20 correct. You're a health wiz!

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Good try!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Healthy Nails to improve your score.

The Mani-Pedi Quiz
Better luck next time!

You got out of 20 correct. Learn more about Healthy Nails to improve your score.

Healthy Nails

Healthy Nails

For healthy fingernails, pamper them daily with a gentle buffing or a massage. This increases circulation to the nails, keeping them from cracking and peeling. Rubbing petroleum jelly, vitamin E or a cuticle cream into the cuticle...

s at night will keep them moisturized and also promote nail strength. Wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning to prevent nails from becoming brittle, and don't use nail polish remover that contains formaldehyde or acetone, both of which are drying.
More