When you get a manicure—or give yourself one—should you cut your cuticles?
When the skin around the nails is traumatized by biting or trimming cuticles, or picking at hangnails, bacteria or fungi can enter into the wound. This can cause an infection of the skin around the nail.
Symptoms of an infection may include:
If you prefer the look of trimmed cuticles, a safer option is to gently push them back with an orange stick. But even better—leave your cuticles alone. If your cuticles are cracked or dry, Summers advises to moisturize them with lotion or use a warm paraffin wax treatment designed specifically for nails.
Are you planning to get a pedicure? Here are some precautions to further reduce your risk for infection at the nail salon.