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Hi Doctor, The skin at the edge of my nails

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Posted on Wed, 27 Feb 2019
Question: Hi Doctor, The skin at the edge of my nails keeps peeling off. It has been happening for a very long time more than 2 years. Just wanted to know if it is any cause for concern? Kindly suggest. Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Hang nail

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have viewed the image and gone through your query.

You seem to have a condition known as, Hang nail, which is a torn piece of skin near the nail fold. I suggest you to cut off the loose skin carefully with a nail cutter and apply a topical antibiotic ointment e.g either Mupiricin 2% ointment or 2% Fusidic acid ointment, twice daily for a week. Thereafter I suggest you to use a moisturizing crram frequently as hang nails are common in those with dry skin.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance.
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Hi Doctor, The skin at the edge of my nails

Brief Answer: Hang nail Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have viewed the image and gone through your query. You seem to have a condition known as, Hang nail, which is a torn piece of skin near the nail fold. I suggest you to cut off the loose skin carefully with a nail cutter and apply a topical antibiotic ointment e.g either Mupiricin 2% ointment or 2% Fusidic acid ointment, twice daily for a week. Thereafter I suggest you to use a moisturizing crram frequently as hang nails are common in those with dry skin. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance.