How to Prevent Ingrown Nails

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Nails, if growth is left unchecked, can grow into the skin and become painful; it may potentially require surgery to fix it in severe cases. Prevent ingrown nails from happening with help from a professional nail artist in this free video.

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I'm Amy Hamilton-Weldon, Oakwood Nail Spa, Raleigh, North Carolina, and I'm going to tell you how to deal with ingrown toenails. You should always cut your toenails off blunt. You shouldn't round them at all. I might make them blunt, but then there's the little corners. I might file them just a little bit, so they're not sharp, because if they're sharp, they can dig into your skin, and cause a ingrown nail. I think the best thing to do is to keep them short. Now, if you have problems with ingrown nails, though, you can't keep your nails short. You have to let them have a little bit of length on them, so they're not down so far that the skin can come up over the front of them. Our feet are usually stuck in shoes, and the shoes are binding them. And sometimes, that can cause you to grow an ingrown toenail. But, to keep them, if you have problems with ingrown toenails, you can keep them a little longer, make sure they're blunt. But, if you don't have a problem with it, you probably won't. So, it's not like you have to try to prevent it if you've never had a problem with it. Okay, those were just some basic tips, but you should always consult a nail professional.

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