Apr 6, 2014
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A splitting of the skin (cuticle) at the side of a fingernail. In manual workers it is usually caused by trauma, but ISCHAEMIA of the fingers (see also RAYNAUD’S DISEASE) may predispose to the condition. Secondary infection and inflammation may make hang-nail a very tender condition; treatment consists of reducing trauma, and the use of EMOLLIENTS and ANTIBIOTICS if necessary.

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