Proper hygiene is the habit taught to everybody from the very young age. Parents teach their children to take a bath properly, brush their teeth regularly especially before sleeping, and wash hands before eating. However, taking care of fingernails are less emphasized, although that practice is vital to our health and well being. Most of the time, having a manicure and pedicure is seen as vanity, or it is being done just for cosmetics purposes. That is far from the truth since nail care serves a greater purpose. That is why a regular visit to your nearest nail salon is important.
Importance of having a clean hand
Taking care of fingernails must always be accompanied by a proper hand care. Our hand is the part of our body that is most of the time in contact with all kinds of surfaces and therefore the most exposed. You greet others, eat food, and work using our hands.
Hands are the most common vehicle of propagation of bacteria in premises where food is prepared. Hands of a person may have an average of 3,000 different bacteria. Studies suggest that 25-40% of foodborne diseases could be linked to inadequate washing of hands by food handlers.
Washing your hands can significantly reduce your risk of getting foodborne diseases. Unfortunately, statistics show that 39% of food handlers do not wash their hands after using the toilet and 53% do not wash hands before preparing food.
Proper hand washing
Standard soap with warm water and proper hand washing technique will be sufficient to remove dirt and bacteria physically. To protect against cross contamination, use liquid soap with disinfectant. Antiseptic and disinfectant hand wipes with alcohol are only useful when used in physically clean hands. They should not be used as a substitute for hand washing.
To make sure that your hands are clean especially if you handled dirty objects, you have to wash your hands twice. The first step requires the use of a nail brush with soft bristles because most bacteria (90%) may be under the nails. A nail brush with soft bristle prevents abrasion of the skin and fingertips and accumulation of bacteria in the bristles. Apply soap on the nail brush and clean gently for 12 to 15 seconds with running water to remove dirt from the fingertips and under fingernails. Place the nail brush bristles downward to allow it to dry and prevent the multiplication of bacteria. In the second stage, apply soap to wet hands and rub vigorously for 20 seconds. Pay particular attention to the palms, fingertips, and thumbs. Rinse hands well with warm water.
Dry your hands
Drying hand is as important as washing them. Wet hands have an 85 % chance of transmitting microorganisms. Air dryers can also accumulate bacteria. Installing a disposable towel dispenser is the best method to dry hands, especially in public restrooms.
Importance of clean fingernails
Nails can accumulate a serious amount of dirt that is harmful to our health if it is poorly maintained. In addition, there is a possibility that there will be a subsequent infection if you have an open wound, for example in the cuticle. For that reason, I always go to a reputable nail place near me.
Cut your nails regularly
Good nail trimming on both hands and feet will prevent cuts. It is also important to cut sharp edges at the ends especially in the toenail. A bad cut at the latter can cause pain and serious problems when using shoes. It will also cause additional problems, such as the edges of the nails being buried under the skin. That condition can be excruciating or the very least uncomfortable. It can cause serious complications if a person is diabetic.
In any case, you should not cut too much. Remember that the skin where the nail is seated is very delicate and can easily be infected if cut.
In addition to the above-mentioned reasons, regular nail care will also make your hands look good.
Despite the nail’s steady growth, improper nail care will make the nail weak or distorted. There are also some disorders that will cause a person to bite his nail up to the point where the nail bed is reached. Nailbiting may also cause fingertips to sore and cuticles cut.