Women love beautiful solid nails. Like a piece of jewelery, some put their fingertips in the limelight: They paint their nails in color, decorate them with glittering stones or small rings. This creativity and passion was already shared by wealthy women in antiquity, who decorated their long nails with gold and jewels to express their social rank. The length of the nails was a status symbol at that time, with the woman showed that she had to do no heavy manual labor.
Today it is less the length than the neat appearance of the hands and nails in the foreground. The nature of our nails reveals a lot about our personality, whether we work in the office or crafts, whether we are nervous and chewing nails, and how exactly we take care of it. But beware of all too fast inferences: Torn and brittle nails - a flaw that is estimated to affect every second woman - are not necessarily signs of a lack of hygiene.
Nail changes can also be due to illness or simply be caused by improper care. "Nail varnish, paint remover and exaggerated In-Form-Bring permanently attack the nail surface, which not only looks unsightly, but can also lead to inflammation, " explains Maria Schwormstedt, a doctor at Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). For example, the commonly practiced pruning of the cuticle is poison for the fingertips, because the tiny injuries can cause bacteria to invade and cause infections.
People with diabetes in particular should be careful, as they are more prone to inflammation. Even those who work in the garden frequently and deal with water or detergents, bacteria have easy game. Because the constant contact with water causes the tissue of the nails to swell, causing them to lose their resistance and become brittle.