Removing nails and hangnails on Shabbat (Halacha a day)

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One may not cut off hangnails on Shabbat; not with an instrument, nor by hand and not even by biting it off.

(Hangnail: A small piece of dead skin at the side or the base of a fingernail that is partly detached from the rest of the skin.)

One may not cut nails on Shabbat. If a nail is partly disconnected it may not be detached on Shabbat.

If a nail is almost completely detached – and will eventually fall off – and it’s causing discomfort, one can remove it by hand but not with an instrument.

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 80:55

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