Treatment of common nail disorders

Antonella Tosti, Robert Baran, Rodney P.R. Dawber, Eckart Haneke

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Abstract

The human nail, chemically similar to horn and hoof, is not essential to the survival of Homo sapiens, but it has many important functions that are crucial for the efficient use of the hands and feet. It is also a prime route for the transmission of organisms (both macro- and microscopic), toxins, irritants and allergens. Maintaining nail cleanliness is essential to many aspects of health. Nails of nurses may be the vehicle of transmission of severe and fatal infections, especially in neonatal or intensive care units. Nurses should keep their nails short and avoid wearing artificial nails and nail varnishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Text Atlas of Nail Disorders
Subtitle of host publicationTechniques in Investigation and Diagnosis
PublisherCRC Press
Pages225-234
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781482207286
ISBN (Print)9781841840963
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Tosti, A., Baran, R., Dawber, R. P. R., & Haneke, E. (2003). Treatment of common nail disorders. In A Text Atlas of Nail Disorders: Techniques in Investigation and Diagnosis (pp. 225-234). CRC Press.