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WEDNESDAY WISDOM

INGROWN NAILS

With summer plans, vacations and cruises, I’m encountering more “INGROWN” toenails. If the nails are trimmed too short or shaped incorrectly, this may lead to ingrown nails. This can be quite painful. What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail, referred to as onychocryptosis, is when the corner or edge of the nail embeds in the surrounding skin. The nail has sharp edges and when the nail pierces the surrounding nail fold tissue it can begin to grow into the skin. One of the first signs that something is wrong may be feeling pain at the affected site. As the sharp edges embeds into the nailfolds, it can result in significant pain, redness of the surrounding skin, inflammation, and swelling. Leaving the embedded nail to persist can result in a granuloma, a heap of vascular tissue that occurs in response to trauma. It’s how the body attempts to stop the sharp object from piercing the skin. The granuloma might look like a growth overlying the area where the nail is embedded. This condition usually occurs on the feet but certain disorders can cause this to happen to the fingernails.

HOW TO REMOVE AND PREVENT

See your Licensed Nail Technologist. Shape-wise, square would be preferred to round, although squoval (square with a bit of filing on the edge) would be ok too. Also, it is important to not cut the nail too short as that will also make it more prone to embedding. Those who suffer from ingrowns should allow their toenails to be a bit longer than is typical…Sometimes a simple clipping of the embedded section will create immediate relief or you may need to see a doctor for relief.

HOME REGIMEN

  • Epsom salt soaks in cool water will help alleviate inflammation.
  • Wear shoes where the nail doesn’t make contact with the shoe. Open toed, well-fitting sandals are ideal in summer.
  • Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen can help.
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Do not try to dig into the nail fold with tools or to perform a home surgery.

To keep the look, get regular care by a professional Nail Technologist.

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WEDNESDAY WISDOM

I did it!!!

Discipline or Regret

In life we suffer one of two pains, pain of discipline or pain of regret. The pain of discipline weighs ounces ~ doing what needs to be done, getting up earlier, develop a budget. But, the pain of regret weighs tons ~ heartache, divorce, lost of center/focus, loneliness. As we continue to make choices, which will you choose? The pain of discipline or the pain of regret?

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

WEDNESDAY WISDOM

HAND AND WRIST HEALTH

How do your wrists feel? Are they a little tired or sore from all of the work from home work(computer, iphone or stirring)? Our hands perform a variety of tasks every day, from gripping a steering wheel to typing on a keyboard. These repetitive motions can create weakness and stiffness in your wrists, hands and fingers. As a nail technologist, it’s my thumbs!

Practicing simple exercises can help prevent injury. Exercises can strengthen your wrists and keep your hands and fingers flexible. So here are a couple you can try right now:

Always speak with your doctor before attempting new stretches or treatments. It’s important to determine the exact cause of your wrist pain FIRST.

While standing, place your palms together in a praying position.

Have your elbows touch each other. Your hands should be in front of your face. Your arms should be touching each other from the tips of your fingers to your elbows.

With your palms pressed together, slowly spread your elbows apart. Do this while lowering your hands to waist height. Stop when your hands are in front of your belly button or you feel the full stretch.

Hold the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, then repeat.

Next, extend one arm in front of you at shoulder height.

Keep your palm down, facing the floor. Release your wrist so that your fingers point downward.

With your free hand, gently grasp your fingers and pull them back toward your body.

Hold for 10 to 30 seconds.

How does that feel? Remember take it slow and never cause yourself any pain.

Until next time. GRACE & PEACE