Reasons To Care For Your Cuticles
The cuticle is a layer of clear skin located along the bottom edge of your finger or toe. This area is known as the nail bed. The cuticle function is to protect new nails from bacteria when they grow out from the nail root.
The area around the cuticle is delicate. It can get dry, damaged, and infected. It’s important to care for the entire nail area and keep it clean so that your nails stay healthy.
Cuticle vs Nail Lunula
The cuticle is the transparent skin located above and around the nail base. The lunula is the half-moon shape seen at the base of the nail. The lunula is located above the cuticle.
Research about the safety of cutting cuticles is mixed. Both the Mayo Clinic and the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) advise against cutting cuticles. This includes cutting them at home or in a nail salon.
Cuticles protect both your nails and the skin surrounding them from infection. After cutting the cuticle, it’s easier for bacteria and germs to get inside. This can lead to an infection.
Nail cuticle infections, also called paronychia, may be caused by bacteria, yeast or fungus. Symptoms include redness, swelling and tenderness at the base of the nail — and sometimes pus-filled blisters and drainage. While antibiotics are a common treatment, natural and home treatments can be effective in managing minor infections. However, these infections have the potential to become serious, so it’s important to seek medical follow-up if you have a compromised immune system or if the paronychia worsens despite home treatment.
Natural and Home Treatments
One of the best natural treatments for minor paronychia is to soak the affected toes in warm water 3 to 4 times daily. This treatment is also an effective complement to other therapies, including antibiotic treatment. Warm water soaks not only clean the area but improve blood flow to the surface for improved healing. An over-the-counter antibacterial solution consisting of aluminum acetate, or a 1:1 vinegar and water solution may be effective. Other touted remedies include soaks with Epsom salt, oregano oil, and tea tree oil, but there is insufficient data on the effectiveness of these additives.
Prevention Strategies: Acute Paronychia
Paronychia that is acute, or sudden onset, is caused by minor trauma that allowed the cuticle area to become infected. The best way to prevent this type of infection, and to prevent worsening of existing infections, is to take good care of your nails. This starts with taking steps to avoid injury to the nail bed or cuticle. For example, cuticles should not be cut or trimmed, and nails need not be cut too short.
Treatment and Prevention Strategies: Chronic Paronychia
Chronic paronychia is a persistent inflammation of the nail cuticle area. It is often caused by a fungus, but may also be related to ongoing exposure to an irritant or allergen. It helps to change socks every day and to avoid continual exposure to wet, sweaty socks to ward off Paronychia occurring in your toes.
Paronychia is an infection that can progress to something serious. Natural remedies include warm soaks. Home treatments such as antibiotic cream may also help treat minor infections. If the infection has spread beyond the nail bed, if an abscess has developed or if pus is coming out of the wound, see a doctor. These more advanced nail bed infections can usually be successfully treated with antibiotics or antifungal cream, and in some cases, incision and drainage may be needed. If untreated, these infections can spread to the bone and tendons, so don’t delay seeking care.
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