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How to Properly Clip a Hangnail

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Written by Jennie Hennesay   

Most of us have had a hangnail at one time or another in our lives.  We're busy and absently pick at the hangnail because it's irritating or painful and the next thing we know we have a bleeding sore at the base of our fingernail.

This is not only painful but it could be dangerous.  If a hangnail bleeds it's prone to infection.  There are ways to take care of hangnails without injuring ourselves.

Step1. Never pick at a hangnail.  Use a sterilized manicure scissor to clip it off.

Step 2. If the hangnail is hard, soak it in water or an oil/water mixture for about five minutes to soften it.  A softened hangnail will be easier to cut away cleanly. If you try to clip it while it's still hard you may end up ripping the skin even more.

Step 3. Prevent them from occuring if at all possible.  Use a good moisturizing lotion frequently on you hands and message it into the nail bed every time you apply it.

Tips:  If you clipped a hangnail but couldn't get it all, cover it with a bandaid to keep it from snagging and getting torn loose.

For very persistent hangnails, coat the finger with an emollient cream at bed time and loosely wrap a piece of plastic wrap around the finger.  Secure this with a bit of tape.  Remove the plastic the next morning and clip any loose skin.


Warning: Biting hangnails is the worst possible thing you can do.  This can cause them to tear away into quick tissue and are more prone to infection.


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hummingbirdee said:

This is a real problem for me. Thanks for the advice.
April 27, 2010
Votes: +1

jswana said:

I have one right now. Thanks for your timely guidelines on the subject of clipping hangnails.
May 02, 2010
Votes: +1

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