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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Why Hand-Washing Is So Important at the Salon

Dr. Stern discusses when to wash, how to wash, and who should wash, as well as addressing the role of hand sanitizers and gloves in infection prevention.

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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Paronychia

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern explores the causes of acute and chronic paronychias and how to treat them.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Foot Care, Footwear, and “Earthing”

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern talks about feet — exfoliation, callus prevention, cuticle care, masks, footwear, and the theory behind “earthing.”

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Retronychia, Dysplastic Nevus, and Glomus Tumors

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses her consultations with patients dealing with retronychia, dysplastic nevus, and glomus tumors.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Yellow Nails

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses yellow nails. Causes range from cosmetic concerns — like polish staining — to medical conditions such as fungus, onycholysis, and yellow nail syndrome.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Habit Tic

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses habit tic, a nail defect that occurs as a result of repetitively picking or pushing back the cuticle. You might be surprised to learn that super glue can play a part in its treatment.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Pseudomonas Nail Infections

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses the different reasons pseudomonas infections (sometimes called "greenies") may develop on clients’ nails and what to do about it if they do.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Aging Nails

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses the changes that take place in the nails as we age, including an increase in ridging, thickening, yellowing, and onycholysis (nail separation).  

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Nail Fungus

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses who is particularly at risk to contract nail fungus and what treatment options are available to those who do get it.

A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: July 2015

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses her patients’ top nail-related cosmetic concerns, such as ridging and thickened toenails.