This Is What Happens When You Stop Cutting Your Nails

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you just stopped cutting your nails? "If you don't cut your nails, they're just going to continue to grow," Dr. James Christina, executive director and CEO of the American Podiatric Medical Association tells Digg, adding, "It's just like the hair on your head." So yes, your nails will continue to grow, but if they are healthy, they probably won't end up growing too terribly long. Regular everyday use will likely cause your nails to break, and the same goes for your toenails as well.

If you do decide to skip your weekly nail cutting maintenance, you might be increasing your risk for an infection. Esteban Kosak, M.D., a medical doctor and researcher with Symptoms Care, tells Best Life, "When you don't cut your nails often, they can easily get damaged and break, and are more likely to harbor dirt and bacteria that can potentially spread infection," he says.

Don't forget about toenail maintenance as well

The same risk for infection applies for your toenails as well. Bruce Pinker, a foot specialist and owner of Progressive Foot Care, tells Best Life, "You are more prone to skin infections such as cellulitis and fungal skin infections if the toenails are not trimmed regularly," he states. He goes on to say, "Also, if you don't cut your toenails often enough, it can be difficult to walk, as the toenails will grow around the toe, leading to pain and discomfort."

To avoid the risk of pain and infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends keeping your nails short by clipping them often, washing underneath the nails with soap and water, and cleaning all nail grooming tools before use.

Having long nails may be trending at the moment (Shout-out to the Kardashian family!). However, they can sometimes make everyday activities a bit more challenging. If you've ever tried to prep dinner, lift weights, or give your home a spring cleaning while rocking sky-high nails, then you know the struggle. With the increased risk of infection and pain linked to having long nails, it may be worth considering keeping a pair of nail clippers close by.