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19 Nov 2004

Hangnails- What, How?
I have tiny skin tears close to my fingernails. I asked a mate and he said not to worry they are just hangnails and apparently they are very common- I should just cut them off with a nail-clipper. What are hangnails, what causes them, how would I get rid of them and how would I prevent them?
p.s. I do not think that I have a problem with a lack of calcium in my diet.
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01 Jan 0001

Cannoneer, a hangnail is when the thin layer of skin on the side of a nail peels away and dries out. It is usually caused by exposure to substances that dry out the skin (water, chemicals, etc.) and you can safely cut them off with a nail clipper. You should also use a moisturising hand cream and avoid things that might dry out your skin. Good luck.
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