Toe the line
I always use a clear base coat on my toenails before applying nail polish. But when I remove the polish, my toenails are yellow, and the surface is ragged. My toes are so ugly I'm embarrassed to show them in public. Is there an easy way to treat this?
Kelly England says:
I'm glad you've asked for help rather than simply covering the yellow with polish. You're right to always use a base coat to protect the nail as deep colours often cause staining. From the symptoms you describe, I suspect you may have a fungal infection. In a humid environment like Hong Kong is very common. To avoid passing the infection on to others, don't share your polishes, files, nail scissors etc. Go to a pharmacy and show them your toenails, then ask them to recommend an anti-fungal ointment. Wear flip flops to get air to your feet daily and follow the full course of the treatments. Things should improve quickly, but if they don't, go to your doctor, as yellowing toenails can be a sign of other health issues.
I always have seem to have hangnails. I tend to pull at them, making my fingers bleed and look ugly. Is this normal, or do I have some sort of skin problem?
Dr Leung Sze-kee says:
This is really not a disease. Hangnails are just pieces of loose skin. All you need to do is to cut the hangnails down to the level of the surrounding skin so you don't aggravate them by worrying at them. Use a pair of very sharp nail clippers or scissors. Try to remove them as soon as they appear - this should prevent you pulling at them and causing bleeding.
I recently bought a pair of loose-fitting 'boyfriend' jeans. I generally wear fitted and flared styles, so I'm not sure what sort of tops to wear with my new pair. Help!
Eve Roth Lindsay says: