Although its named Hangnail, it isn’t actually a nail condition.
Hangnail actually refers to lose and torn bits of skin along the nails and nail root. Hangnail is very common and most people will experience them. Most people will notice them during cold periods of the year when the skin is dry and others will experience them depending on their job role, for example a cleaner who doesn’t wear gloves may experience them frequently due to the chemicals used and constantly having wet and dry hands.
If you have hangnail it wont normally cause you any issues however they can get infected, also known as Paronychia. If they do get infected you can normally treat them at home by soaking, keeping them clean, cut them short and apply creams. (do not rip it off)
Signs of an infected Hangnail
- Blisters (pus-filled)
- Feeling warm
For further information see Paronychia.
All information supplied is for reference use only, if you are concerned about any ailments please seek medical advice.