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(HealthDay News) -- Your nails may be a good indicator of general health, so it's important to keep them looking good and strong.
The American Academy of Dermatology suggests these tips:
Make sure nails are always dry and clean, and trimmed properly. Using sharp nail scissors or clippers, cut straight across with slightly rounded tips.
File nails with an emery board.
Avoid biting nails or cutting cuticles.
Treat nails gently and avoid using them as tools.
Keep toenails trimmed short. For those that are difficult to cut, soak in a warm salt-water solution for 10 minutes.
See a doctor for treatment of an ingrown toenail. Don't try to dig it out yourself.
Protect feet in public locker rooms, showers and pools with flip flops or a pair of study, comfortable shoes.