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what causes brittle fingernails with vertical ridges?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Brittle nails: Everyone has brittle nails to some extent, some more than others. Aging can cause slowed nail growth and dull, brittle, or yellowish nails as the flow of moisture and natural oils to the nail bed declines. A lack of moisture or too much moisture can worsen an already brittle condition. Dry heat, detergents, nail polish remover, or harsh chemicals encourage cracked and dry brittle nails.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How to remove leukonychia (thewhite marks onyourfingernails)?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Benign neglect.: Often times the easiest way is to simply allow the nail to grow out. The white marks are the fingernails version of bruising, and will grow out on their own.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Any tips for cantharone application under and around fingernails?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Be careful!: Cantharone is a blistering solution used to treat viral conditions like warts and mollusca. It should be applied in the office during an appointment. You will be happy to know that cantharone does not hurt when it is applied to your skin. Blistering after application my result in blood blister formation that can damage the fingernail bed and disrupt normal nail growth.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Do you know of any effective natural or home remedies for brittle nails?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Biotin: Biotin (available at many pharmacies and most health food stores) will strengthen nails; about 5000 units/day should do it. Also, nail polish will protect your nails and helps prevent a recurrence of the brittle condition. Avoiding excessive contact with soap and water, and harsh chemicals, helps too.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Should I use bobby pin or fingernails to pop pimples?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Neither: Never ever pop pimples. You can get infected causing a rash. Worse, you will regret it for years to come when you have scars all over your face.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

I have the white stuff that grow on the end of fingernails as usual. Now it's everywhere on the nail. Its been about 2 weeks. Wish could send photo.?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Fungus: Sounds like you have a nail infection with a fungus.This is quite common and there is medicine for it. See your doctor.

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