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How Do I Treat Brittle Nails?

Having brittle nails is a condition which can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or race. This condition is characterized by brittle toenails or fingernails, which may crack or break. The medical term for brittle nails is onychorrhexis, and it can be caused by too much exposure to strong soap and water; too much use of nail polish and nail polish remover; hypothyroidism; anemia; and anorexia nervosa.

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to treat brittle nails and to bring your nails back to a healthy normal condition. The first thing that you ought to do is to figure out what is causing your nails to be brittle. If, for example, you realize that your fingernails are being exposed to much to soap and water, you will want to protect your hands. Wearing rubber gloves when going about your tasks can help a lot.

If your nails are not overly exposed to water and soap and yet you still have brittle nails, then you ought to take a look at your eating habits. Are you getting enough nutrients from your diet? You should eat more food that contains vitamin A, niacin, potassium, and phosphorus. These help promote healthy nails and will get rid of brittle nails in the long run. Consider taking a good daily multi-vitamin and eating plenty of meat and vegetables.

On the physical aspect, get a manicure or pedicure regularly. Doing so will get rid of the broken bits of nail and avoid further breakage. Just avoid using nail polish for a while as this (together with nail polish remover) can contribute to brittle nails. Also, make sure that you trim your nails so as to avoid further breakage.

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