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What health risks are associated with toenails that have been cut too short?

What health risks are associated with toenails that have been cut too short?

Not much: depending on the instrument used the most that could possibly happen is an infection which can be prevented by sterilizing instrument ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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Hi! So I cut my big toe nail to short on the side and now it has a a red swollen semi white looks like it may have fluid bump on it. pto in page -jm?

Ingrown toenail: when toenails are trimmed too short they can impale the flesh as they grow forward causing pain, redness, drainage. Trimming the offending border out can often cause it to become worse if you don't get the entire margin out. It can also cause it to have temporary relief only to return , again, when the nail grows. Seek medical attention from your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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Proper way to cut toenails?

Proper way to cut toenails?

Straight across: Toenails should be trimmed straight across. Don't try to cut them short, trim the nails and use an emery board to file and shape the nail afterwards. Improper trimming can lead to ingrown toenails and injury to the nail bed and tip of the toe. ...Read more

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When I cut my toenails it hurts. Whats wrong?

When I cut my toenails it hurts. Whats wrong?

Too short: You may be cutting your nails too short or they may be ingrown and you are pulling them out of the corner of the skin. ...Read more

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Why might it be that it hurt my son to have his toenails cut?

Why might it be that it hurt my son to have his toenails cut?

Some people: Are afraid, and some people happen to have very sensitive body parts, toes included. ...Read more

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My little toenails are very thick & difficult to cut. Why is this?

Thick nails: The most common cause of thickness can be trauma - either overt or repetitive - or from fungus infection. See a podiatrist for a definitive answer. Good luck ! ...Read more

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