Can nail disorders be prevented?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Good hygiene and good habits will prevent most nail disorders:
  • 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 rounding 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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