Looking after your nails is very easy to do, but there is a bit more to looking after the general health of your nails than just clipping them on a regular basis. It is important to remember that your nails can pick up all kinds of different types of bacteria and viruses that can cause all kinds of health issues. However, just washing your hands is not enough and that is why we are looking at reasons you must often clean your nail clipper set.
1. They can contain bacteria.
What you need to remember is that you can pick up all kinds of bacteria under your nails and when you then cut them using clippers it leads to that bacteria being transferred onto the clipper itself. The problem is that when you use them again, that bacteria is still living on the surface, so it is then put back onto your foot or hand leading to an increase in the possibility of you reinfecting yourself.
2. There is the problem of cross contamination.
It is often the case that more than one person will use the same nail clippers, so the possibility of there being cross contamination is going to be very high indeed. Of course you cannot see the bacteria, but you can understand how it is then possible for a nail infection to be passed on from one person to another. If you are not sure who has used them, then there is no point in taking that risk due to the possible infections that you may pick up purely by cutting your nails.
3. It can lead to fungal infections.
Nails are very susceptible to fungal infections and nail clippers can be a carrier for that fungus. Once again, the problem is that if you do not clean the set, then all that happens is you treat the fungal nail infection only to then have the problem occur once again thanks to the fungus being stuck on the clippers and just waiting for it to be transferred back onto the skin. Fungal nail infections are very easy to pick up and indeed nail clippers that are dirty and unhygienic are one of the major sources of this type of infection.