You wince with pain and discomfort as you glance down at that little piece of hard skin next to your nail—blech, a hangnail! The tiniest piece of your body, but oh does it makes its presence felt. Every time it brushes against something, the alarm bells ring, the pain sirens go off.
At this point, assuming you do not have the right tools on hand, you are faced with three options, none of which are too pleasant or appealing:
- Grin and bear it: a tough option, as your hands are always on the go, and that nasty hangnail always finds a way of getting rubbed the wrong way. You can only go so long until you start thinking about options 2 and 3.
- The finger pull: sure, it might be tough to grab a millimetre-long piece of dried-up skin, but when a hangnail’s gotta go, it’s really gotta go and there’s no stopping us. The downside here is that pulling it might just make it tear longer, making the problem a bleeding, aching mess.
- The precision bite: getting the teeth in on the job to remove the tiny offender might sound good in the moment, but the risk of tearing and ripping the wrong way doesn’t make this option too appealing either.
That’s why when you finally find that nail clipper or mini scissors to clip off the pesky hangnail, your pain sensors cool off, the crisis is averted, and the feeling of relief is just