What are Hangnails?
One of the little pesky problems that even the perfectly groomed hands encounter once in a while is the dreaded hangnail.
Hangnails as the name suggests has nothing to do with fingernails, they are in reality a problem related to the cuticle. In fact, hangnails are dry, brittle triangular-shaped pieces of skin hanging loose around the cuticles of your nails.
Causes of Hangnails
The primary causes of hangnails are dry skin, usually caused due to direct exposure to harsh weather conditions, exposure to chemicals present in detergents, and improper nail trimmings (if the nails are trimmed along the sides, rather than the top).
Hangnails are also seen commonly in people who often bite their nails or in those who suffer from nutritional deficiencies.
Hangnails can be painful and can sometimes cause swelling and redness in the area. Avoid biting or pulling them off as it will tear your skin and the open wound can easily become infected with bacteria and can lead to Paronychia.
Natural Remedies for Hangnails
Chronic and consistent hangnails can lead to bigger problems. Before they turn into a bigger health concern, you can treat them easily at home with some of these natural remedies.