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Tips for healthy nails

September 2013

Taking good care of your nails is important. Proper nail care can prevent problems like an ingrown nail. Good nail care can also keep your nails looking their best. The simple tips in this month’s video prove that good nail care does not have to be time-consuming or complicated.

Tips for healthy nails (1:57)

What dermatologists tell their patients

If you see a dark spot or streak under your nail and do not remember injuring your nail, make an appointment to see a dermatologist. Sometimes, a dark streak or spot under a nail is melanoma. When found early and treated, this skin cancer can be cured.

Related resources:

Artificial nails require care to keep nails healthy

Manicure and pedicure safety

Hidden melanomas

In the news

Affordable Care Act: New website answers questions
On October 1, you will be able to buy health insurance made possible by the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). Coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014.

To help you understand your options, you can visit a new website from the U.S. government. This site answers common questions, such as “Will plans cover pre-existing conditions?” If you are looking for information specific to your situation, be sure to take the survey. Once you answer a few questions, you’ll see links to relevant information. The site also features live chat and lets you sign up to receive updates.

To view this site, go to HealthCare.gov.


Help for kids with alopecia areata
Starting a new school year can make kids feel overly anxiously, especially if they have a severe skin condition. The National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) understands that children who have alopecia areata can face tough times. This skin condition causes the hair to fall out unexpectedly. Kids can develop bald, round patches on the scalp. Some kids are bullied. To empower parents to deal with such issues, the NAAF created unique educational resources.

To find out more about these resources, go to the NAAF site, Support and resources.

Academy news

Does the “sunscreen” pill work?
If you’ve seen the ads, you may be wondering whether a pill alone can protect you from sunburn and skin cancer. The Academy wants you to know that these pills should NOT replace sunscreen and sun-protective clothing.

To learn more, read American Academy of Dermatology statement on oral supplements for sun protection.


Indoor tanning: Illinois bans minors
Last month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that bans anyone under 18 from using indoor tanning. The Academy supports this bill because it can save lives and increase awareness about the dangers of indoor tanning.

To learn more, including when this bill will go into effect, read Illinois becomes sixth state to ban indoor tanning for minors under 18.



Pimples or boils in armpit or groin?
Do you struggle to get rid of pimples or boils in your armpit or groin? Do the breakouts clear and then suddenly return? If so, you may have a skin condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). Getting treatment can prevent HS from worsening. Following self-care tips from dermatologists can relieve the discomfort.

To learn more about this condition, which can be mistaken for acne, pimples, boils, or folliculitis, go to Hidradenitis suppurativa.


Next month – Remove gum from hair without scissors

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