You Should Never Let a Manicurist Trim Your Cuticles

If you’re into manicures, you can probably recall a time or two when the person doing your nails asked for permission to trim your cuticles.

“Sure,” you probs figured. “Why the heck not?”

Well, I’ll tell you why the heck not: FINGER INFECTIONS.

That’s right, apparently trimming your cuticles can expose your lil phalanges to something grotesque called a paronychia. Blech. A Doctor Eric Schweiger explained it thusly to Huffington Post:

“Trimming the cuticles can break the seal that protects the surrounding skin from infection. Not only can biting or cutting the cuticles introduce infection, but without the cuticle barrier to protect that surrounding skin and developing nail, an infection is more likely to develop. This potential infection around the base of the nail, called a paronychia, is unsightly and often painful. If a paronychia develops, it is important to see your dermatologist for prescription treatment or sometimes to drain the area surrounding the nail.”

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Cuticle trimming is totally unnecessary, he went on to explain. Just let them fly their freak flag! Or, you know, get them pushed back. It’s basically the same thing.

And yeah, if you bite or pick your cuticles like a damn psycho, not only is that shit unsightly and rude to do in public, it also leaves you just as open to infection. In fact, it’s even grosser because the bacteria from your mouth is getting involved.

So next time you’re at the salon getting your paws polished, keep this in mind. You don’t wanna be at the doctor’s office a week later getting your effing finger drained.

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