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AAD Investigates Common Nail Disorders

Posted: July 31, 2008

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* If you must use the reusable instruments at a nail salon, make sure they are sterilized properly in an autoclave. If not, find another salon.

“To ensure that your nails are strong and healthy, it is important to take care of them properly and not subject them to harsh environmental conditions or unnecessary hazards in an attempt to improve their appearance,” said Daniel. “Oftentimes, changes in our nails can signal a serious underlying health problem. In a sense, dermatologists act as detectives who can diagnose a variety of health problems from clues they observe in the nails. So, see your dermatologist if you notice any abnormalities or have any concerns about the health of your nails.”

Headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is one of the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, educatio, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, visit the Academy at