Home Remedy for Cuticle Infection

by Kimberly Black
(Foley, Al.)

I have been told that acv is the answer, I am at wits end with this ailment , I have used every topical anti fungal, anti bacterial cream ointment, salve and herbal oil I can find to use, since Feb. it is now July and I am still dealing with this nightmare.


I am 47 yrs. old , I wore artificial nails for about a yr. prior to this. I believe that was the culprit, needless to say, I will never wear them that long anymore w/ out giving my nails a breather, that is if I ever get the chance. I'm beginning to wonder...It is July 07, 2011, I would so love to report back that I am cured by the end of July .....HELP!!!

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May 04, 2012
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Nail Infection
by: Grandma

Hello,

I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you, I'm dealing with internet connection problems with my phone lines and it gets so frustrating.

As far as what to do about your nails, I'd suggest you see your doctor. I do believe you should get rid of the fake nails and just forget about ever doing this again. You could try soaking your fingers in Apple Cider Vinegar and Listerine (the original). I'd also apply some honey after you soak them, and the fake nails are off. The honey will relieve the pain and also help with the infection.

Your commnet about coloring your hair, I'd say you answered that yourself. If you are dealing with burning and stinging after you visit your hair salon your body is trying to tell you something, stop doing this. Going gray really isn't a sin these days. Many of my friends color their hair and tease me all the time about mine going gray but....I tell them at least I'm not dealing with my hair going thin, sinus problems and headaches. I'll take the gray any day.

Grandma

PS The salt water saok is also a natural way to fight that nail infection, but only after you get rid of the fake stuff.

Apr 27, 2012
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Another cuticle disaster but this time it's me!
by: Anonymous

I never thought of my fingernails that way in which they need to breathe, makes sense.Thanks grandma.
But the chemical thing after a long time, it's the same thing with our hair then? Or seems not to be. Think about all the people that use chemicals on their own head. Your head doesn't get red and swollen. Well at least mine never has but my scalp sure does does feel like it's on fire whenever I go to the salon. Makes me not want to do that anymore either. Just go with the gray.... :-)
I am dealing with the same thing. Swollen cuticles that hurt! It has been a week now, I have soaked them in both vinegar and salt water, I have applied a triple antibiotic over the counter. I keep washing my hands to keep them clean, but now my hands are sore from dryness.
My question is, should I take the gel nails off with more chemicals while my fingers are so sore? I have not seen a Doctor yet, trying to avoid the cost.

Jul 13, 2011
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cutcle infection
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
Grandma I believe you are right about tea tree, if that doesn't work you can try rosemary oil. Put any of these oils with a little carrier oil, like olive oil, jojoba, or almond oil.
Just a thought. Beccie

Jul 08, 2011
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Cuticle Infection Suggestions
by: Grandma

Hello Kimberly,

Ouch, that sounds painful. I'm not sure what all you tried but maybe some Tea Tree Oil would help an infection like this.

If I had this kind of infection the first thing I'd try is mixing 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar with 1/2 cup of Listerine (the original, don't get the new kind). Then soak your nails at least twice a day in this solution for about 15 minutes. Make sure you mix it in a container that has a seal tight lid and you can reuse it over and over. I recommend this recipe for toenail fungus and athletes foot, so I really believe it would help your cuticles.

OK, now I'm going to sound like your grandma. :) I hope you will never go down that road again. Your nails need to breath, just like your skin. Putting fake nails on for a period of time allows bacteria to grow under your real nails, not to mention the chemicals breaking down and oozing into your skin. The more you can keep your body in its natural state the healthier you will be. Has it really been worth what you are going through now to have nice looking nails for that year? (I'm picturing you looking at me and shaking your head yes) ha!...I know, my daughters and granddaughters are always getting lectures from me over things like this and I know it's just going in one ear and out the other. You should have seen me go through the roof the day my granddaughter was visiting me and I noticed a stud in her tongue.

But please Kimberly think about this next time you get the urge to do this.

Grandma

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