7 Ways To Reduce Fingernail Ridges
The ABCs of Nail Care
Because many nail disorders result from poor nail care, developing good nail habits today will help keep them healthy. Remember the following tips: Keep them short. Shorter nails are less likely to crack or get caught on something and tear, says Kechijian. He also suggests cutting your nails after bathing, when they’re softer and less likely to break. Stay on the straight and narrow. Nails should be cut straight across and rounded slightly at the tip for maximum strength, says C. Ralph Daniel III, MD. Avoid biting your fingernails. Your five-finger feeding frenzy worsens the condition of your nails, says Coyle S. Connolly, DO.
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When To Call A Doctor
Report any nail irregularities to your doctor or dermatologist immediately. Sudden nail changes (such as nail ridges) or swelling and pain could signal a serious problem, says Glaser.
Panel Of Advisors
Coyle S. Connolly, DO,is a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the president of Connolly Dermatology in Linwood, New Jersey.
C. Ralph Daniel III, MD,is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dee Anna Glaser, MD,is a professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri.
Paul Kechijian, MD,is a former clinical associate professor of dermatology and chief of the nail section at the New York University Medical Center in Great Neck. he's now in private practice in Great Neck.
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