When providing nail care, you can watch for signs of irritation or infection. This is especially important in a person with diabetes, for whom a small infection can develop into something more serious. Fingernails and toenails can thicken with age, which will make them more difficult to trim.
- Assemble supplies -- soap, basin with water, towel, nailbrush, scissors, nail clippers, file, and lotion.
- Wash your hands.
- Wash the hands of the person in your care with soap and water and soak the hands in a basin of warm water for 5 minutes.
- Gently scrub the nails with the brush to remove trapped dirt.
- Dry the nails and gently push back the skin around the nails (the cuticle) with the towel.
- To prevent ingrown nails, cut nails straight across.
- File gently to smooth the edges.
- Gently massage the person’s hands and feet with lotion.
NOTE: If other members of the household are using the same equipment, clean the nail clippers with alcohol.
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