What Causes the Skin Under Your Fingernail to Overgrow and How to Treat It

What causes the skin under your fingernails to grow?

The answer is not really easy to explain. There are many theories and opinions among experts. Some say it’s due to the sun exposure or even eating too much spicy food. But there are other reasons why nails may get longer than usual. You might have heard that some people suffer from brittle bones and they develop a thinning of their nails because of aging, but there is no evidence supporting such theory yet.

How do you treat the problem?

There are several methods to cure the problem. One method is to use topical products containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a chemical compound which helps in treating various types of skin problems including those caused by excessive sweating. If you want to try out salicylic acid treatment, then make sure that it contains at least 1% concentration of salicylic acid. Another way to treat the issue is with laser treatments. Laser treatments can be used to remove excess skin growth. However, laser treatments are expensive and they require special equipment.

Is there any other solution?

If you don’t like the idea of using salicylic acid or laser treatment, then you could try a natural alternative – home remedies. These solutions include things like applying lemon juice on your nails and rubbing them with coconut oil. Other alternatives are herbal medicines such as aloe vera gel and honey. There are other home remedies as well, but you won’t notice effective results with these. The only sure way to get rid of this condition is a visit to your doctor and let them handle your problem.

How can you prevent the skin under your fingernails from growing?

If you want to treat the problem right away, then you can easily find some topical solutions containing salicylic acid over the counter or even on the internet. Many people claim that this is the most efficient way to treat skin tuft under fingernail.

There are many methods to prevent the skin under your fingernails from growing excessively. One way is to keep your hands and nails moisturized. Use hand lotion or any other product which has moisturizing properties. Moisturizing is very important for keeping your nails from getting dry and brittle. Other than that, you should try to refrain yourself from biting or picking at your nails and skin around them.

Picking or biting your nails can damage the skin around them causing it to grow abnormally. In order to avoid this, try to keep your hands and nails away from your mouth as much as possible and resolve the urge to pick or bite.

Other than that, there are several methods which can be used to prevent or stop excessive nail growth. For example, you could try cutting your nails extremely short and filing them down until they are smooth. If you are a smoker or work with chemicals, you should try to stop doing these things since they can also damage your nails. Remember, damaged nails will cause skin to grow abnormally. There are various other ways to prevent this condition but these are the most common ones.

If your problem is too severe, then you should see a doctor immediately and ask them to provide the necessary treatment options. This may require a visit to a dermatologist but it will be worth it because this condition can become very annoying and sometimes even painful if left untreated.

If you have a small child that suffers from this condition, you should make sure to keep their nails trimmed and smooth. Children can be prone to biting their nails which can destroy the natural growth cycle of their skin.

You can prevent this from happening by keeping a close eye on your child and correcting the behavior whenever you see them biting or picking at their nails.

If it has already become an obsessive habit for your child, then there are certain ways to break them out of this type of behavior. You can speak to a child psychologist and resolve the issue without any harm coming to your child.

Good luck with preventing and treating this condition.

Nail Fungus and other Nail Disorders

Your fingernails can tell you a lot about your overall health. A lot of different disorders can affect the growth and appearance of your nails. Learning to identify the common ones can help you get the necessary treatment before the condition worsens. Knowing these signs can also help you identify possible medical problems in others. Some of the more common nail disorders are listed below.

Nail Fungus

If you notice your fingernails becoming thick, discolored and distorted, you might have fungus on your hands (literally). Fungal infections typically affect your toenails but they can also appear on your fingernails as well. This type of disorder occurs when fungi invade and infect the nail plate. The most common type of fungus that causes this condition is called dermatophyte. This type of fungus thrives in warm, wet and humid environments.

It can be spread from person to person by simple contact. Dermatophyte likes to live in moist skin and hair, especially in areas that are covered by socks and shoes. If you go hiking or participate in water sports you are more prone to getting this type of fungus because your feet are in a confined shoe all day which provides the perfect environment for the fungus to grow and spread. If you think you have nail fungus, see a doctor. In some cases the condition can be treated over the counter with medication specially made to treat this condition. However, if the infection is severe, your doctor may have to remove your infected nails. There are also prescription medications that can treat the condition as well.

For mild cases of nail fungus, there are a few things you can do to help stop and prevent the condition from spreading. First, keep your feet and toes dry and as clean as possible. You should also keep your socks changed every day. Try alternating shoes so that you are giving them time to dry out. Try not to go bare foot in pools, showers or public locker rooms.

Also, avoid going shoe less in public places. Wear sandals instead of flip flops. Also, whenever you get a chance wash and dry your feet to help keep them clean.

You can also apply certain essential oils to your nails to help fight off the condition. Some of the best oils for treating fungal infections are tea tree, clove, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus and lemon. Try mixing 5 to 7 drops of tea tree oil with 1 tbsp of almond oil or olive oil. Soak your toe in the mixture twice a day (excluding your infected toe). You can also apply a few drops of clove oil mixed with a couple of drops of coconut oil to your nail twice a day.

Remember, when using essential oils, always use high quality oils and never over apply as this could lead to burns and other problems.

You can also use a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water to soak your affected toes in as this helps to remove the build up of dead skin cells.

If you think you have a fungal infection, it is best to see your doctor. Fungus can spread easily among people and can be very difficult to get rid off if not treated properly.

See your doctor immediately if you have a severely infected nail or you have diabetes or a weakened immune system. If left untreated, fungal infections can spread to your blood, which can be fatal.

Applying essential oils is not only great for treating fungal infections but can also be used to naturally protect your nails and help them grow.

Also, if you have a fungal infection don’t use those liquids you buy from the store to soften your feet, as these can actually worsen your condition.

Hopefully these tips will help you to get rid of nail fungus, or prevent it, as we know how unsightly and embarrassing this condition is and hope you will soon feel confident enough to show those beautiful feet and toes again!

Best Wishes,

Cedar Fort Publishing

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