First Aid Kits and Tips : Treating a Hangnail: First Aid for Minor Injuries

Hi! I’m Tracey Cullers on behalf of
In this segment, I’ll show you how to take care of a hangnail. Now a hangnail can seem
like a pretty simple thing, but if it becomes red, inflamed and pussy then it quickly becomes
more serious. Before it gets to that point, what you want to do is soak it for 10-15 minutes
in oil and water. Now a hangnail is actually not a nail, but it’s a piece of dry skin
alongside the edge of the cuticle that has fissured off from the rest of the finger.
It pokes out and pulls against things everywhere you go, your sheets, and your clothes. After
soaking that for 10-15 minutes, go ahead and pull it out and then you’re going to sterilize
sharp scissors. You can sterilize it with alcohol or with flame and then let the scissors
cool down. Then you’re going to very carefully cut alongside the edge and nip as much of
that hangnail off as possible. I would follow it up with some first aid cream antibacterial
ointment. Then put a Band-Aid on. I would keep the Band-Aid on as long as it still hurts
or if there is any opening. So that the rest of your nails do not turn into hangnails,
make sure that you have lotion on your nails and cuticles every day.