Hand and Nail Problems

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Hand and Nail Problems
Hand and nail problems are a common occurrence because they interface frequently with the world and its grime. (hands in hands against sky, friendship concept image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Hand and nail problems are common because of how frequently they are used. Infections can set in easily when there are any cuts or scratches on the hands. Bacteria can also get under the nail beds, particularly among people who bite their nails or cuticles.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a person does repetitive movements with his hands and wrists, like operating a cash register or a piece of machinery. Carpal tunnel is characterised by pain or numbness in the hand or wrist, and is treated with rest, ice packs or a splint to immobilise the hand. In severe cases surgery may be required.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the joints become inflamed and painful. When RA occurs in the hands, generally both hands will be affected and will be sore and tight. The middle joint in each finger may become deformed. A doctor may prescribe medication, rest, physiotherapy or surgery to help treat the condition.

Nail Fungus

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection, but they are most common in adults over the age of 60. A person whose hands are often wet, like a dishwasher, is more likely to get an infection. Nails that are infected may appear yellow, brittle, thick or disfigured. This infection can be treated with antifungal medication.

Splitting or Peeling

Fingernails may become brittle when they are exposed to water or harsh chemicals. The nails can begin to split or layers of nail can begin to peel off. Applying lotion to the nails and reducing the amount of time the nails touch water can help repair nails and prevent further damage.

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