A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Nail Problems
I had a question the other day about nail problems.
Minor fingernail and toenail problems are common.
At one time or another, almost everyone has caught a nail on something, causing it to rip, or has smashed a finger in a door, leaving blood under the nail.
These kinds of injuries can be very painful but aren’t usually serious.
You can usually relieve pain and prevent infection of minor nail problems at home.
Normally, fingernails grow about 1/10th of a millimeter each day.
Toenails grow at about 1/2 or 1/3 the rate of fingernails.
Aging and diseases may decrease blood flow to the hands and feet and slow nail growth.
Common nail changes include:
>Splitting, peeling, or brittle nails. These are common problems that develop when your hands are frequently exposed to water, strong soaps, and other chemicals.
>Little white marks often appear after minor injuries. They may last for weeks or months and usually go away on their own.
>It’s common for a nail to turn black after an injury. The black or purple-black color is caused by blood under your nail and will go away as the injury heals.
>Black, brown, or purple discoloration under a nail that hasn’t been injured may be caused by melanoma.
>Changes in the shape or texture of nails, which may occur for many different reasons. Some nail changes, like formation of ridges, are normal with aging. Thick, brittle, or dark nails are more common in older adults who have poor circulation.
>Ingrown nails, which are often caused by incorrect trimming, tight shoes, or heredity. Your nails may grow into surrounding skin, causing pain, swelling, and infection. In rare cases, an abscess may develop under a nail.
>Separation from the nail bed. Once your nail separates from its nail bed, for whatever reason, it won’t reattach. Nails grow back slowly. It takes about 6 months for fingernails and up to 18 months for toenails to grow back attached to the nail bed.
>Infection and allergic reactions. These are common problems caused by artificial nails.
>Fungal nail infections. It’s not unusual for fungal nail infections to follow athlete’s foot infections.
Nail problems can also be caused by:
>An injury to a nail.
>Hangnails, which may lead to a minor infection next to your nails, causing the skin around your nails to become swollen and tender.
>Nail-biting, which can lead to red, sore fingertips and cuticles that bleed. Nail-biting also increases the chance of bacterial infections around your nail beds and in your mouth.
>Side effects of medicines, like chemotherapy and antimalarial medicines.
>Diseases of the skin, like psoriasis and eczema.
>Skin growths, like warts, cysts, and moles.
>Other diseases like Addison’s disease, peripheral arterial disease, and HIV infection.
To deal with nail problems it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Ensure optimal digestion for nutrient absorption and utilization.
*Consider using Enfuselle products.
*Decrease toxic nail polish, removers, glues, treatments, etc.
*For white spots on nails, use zinc and protein (see below).
*For pale nail beds and spoon-shaped nails use iron (check iron levels), B-complex, protein and EZ-Gest (see below).
It is beneficial to use: Iron (if needed).