What is a Hangnail?

A hangnail is when the cuticle of a nail, near the nail bed, is torn. This is usually caused by biting at it or dry skin. The skin needs to be properly cut in order to prevent tearing and infection. If you have a hangnail, clean the area, apply an antibiotic cream and a band aid. Do not bite or pick at the hangnail and it should heal on it's own.
Peter Wishnie, D.P.M.
Owner of Family Foot & Ankle Specialists in Piscataway & Hillsborough, NJ