A hangnail is the strip of skin that separates from the side of the cuticle. Simple home treatment can help prevent problems with hangnails.
- Do not pull at or bite off a hangnail. This may cause the skin to rip.
- Clip off the hangnail neatly with sharp, clean cuticle scissors.
- Massage hand lotion or cream into your cuticles 2 to 3 times each day.
Current as of: March 3, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine