Healthier Nails Can Be Yours
To keep your fingernails looking their best, keep them dry and clean. This prevents bacteria from growing under the nails. Repeated or prolonged contact with water can contribute to split fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals. Trim your nails straight across, then round the tips in a gentle curve. When you use hand lotion, rub the lotion into your fingernails and cuticles, too. Don’t bite your fingernails or pick at your cuticles. These habits can damage the nail bed. Even a minor cut alongside your fingernail can allow bacteria or fungi to enter and cause an infection.
Source: Mayo Clinic