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I have been getting these really bad hang-nails on nearly ever finger on each hand. I'm not sure why I keep getting them, but even worse I don't know how to get rid of them. I've a bunch of different remedies but with very little luck. I'm not sure if I need to trim my cuticles or stop cutting my nails so short, or I just have really bad luck with these things. The skin on each side of the nail just keeps peeling and then I end up tearing it or clipping it with fingernail clippers (I know that's gross). Any suggestions? At this point, I'm ready to just put bandaids on ever finger!

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It's better to clip hangnails with (clean!) nail clippers than let them tear, so don't worry about that. I's suggest, quite simply, just moisturizing your hands more often, and with a reasonably heavy-duty lotion. You might want to be careful to wear gloves if your hands are in the cold a lot, or rubber gloves if your doing chores involving chemicals, or where your hands are in water.

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Tearing the hangnails off is going to do more harm than good. Those nails are attatched to nerves and blood vessels ... and it'll hurt like heck! I wouldn't suggest it ...

Instead, as milke already pointed out, you best bet would be to use clean (wiped down w/ rubbing alcohol on a cottonball or qtip) nail clippers or nail scissors to cut it off. When that's done, you can use hydrogen peroxide to clean it, and then put a bandaid on it.

In the future tho, it's a good idea to cut your nails straight across, as opposed to cutting to the curves of your nails. If you need to, you can use a nail file to file down the edges.

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hey, this is just something to think about, but what have your eating habits been like lately? i've noticed that when i'm not eating as much fruits and veggies as i should, my nails and the skin around them get all gross and peely like you described yours. i'm not totally sure, but i think it may have something to do with a lack of vitamins and nutrients. also, since its winter and cold here, everything tends to dry out because of the heater being on. is it cold where you are?

anyway, maybe, in addition to what milke and smurf already suggested about trimming the loose skin and using rich lotions, you could evaluate your eating habits and see if making a few changes might help. hope your hands get better, i hate hangnails too! ouchie!

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I do try not pull at the skin, but sometimes in class while I'm sitting through a boring lecture, it just kind of happens, heh. As far as my eating habbits, I have actually been trying to eat better lately, but I will keep that in mind since I've had this problem on and off for a while now. I put lotion on and around my nails often, so I'm really not sure what's going on. I always wash my hands after clipping (or tearing the skin) but I have never tried the peroxide or alcohol, I'll start doing that. Strangely, I think this is really related to stress for me; at least the peeling. It seems to be somewhat of a nervous habit.

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Have you ever seen those cuticle removers? the kind where you just run them along the base of your nails and this skin falls off because it is just dead skin? well i had a hangnail, and i thought...hum, i do NOT want to rip this on off, so i got the cuticle remover and ran it along the base of where it would run off, and it didn't hurt as bad as a nail clipper, because i am clumsy and always rip, or have faulty clippers. Cuticle removers usually come in inexpensive manicure sets, and by them selves for around 2.99 I like cuticle removers as an alternative to nail clippers anyday. Good luck
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Yep, probably gonna go over what everyone already said, but..
Use lotion or cuticle cream/lotion/remover on your nails whenever they dry out or when needed.. When you file your nails make sure that you don't file straight across, you want to go from the right to the center and from the left to the center. if you file straight across it will cause your nail to split at the edges. Cuticle removers are great for this. Also, if possible, get manicures every now and then to keep your nails in shape and ask the manicurist any questions about your nails as you need.


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