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A hangnail is a strip of skin that separates from the side of the
cuticle. Trim the skin of the hangnail with a pair of clean scissors. Do not
bite or pull at a hangnail, because the skin may tear. A torn hangnail may become
tender and swollen, and infection may develop.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine