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Cuticles easily dry up and peel up creating painful flaps of skin. I don't bite my nails, i moisturize, and I use cuticle oils. Any opinions/solutions?

Cuticles easily dry up and peel up creating painful flaps of skin. I don't bite my nails, i moisturize, and I use cuticle oils. Any opinions/solutions?

React 2 cuticle oil: Read the ingredients of the cuticle oil, and see what is in it to make sure that you aren't reacting to the actual oil but you're using on your cuticles. Are you want to use something that's more natural, non-toxic, and less chemical. So that your cuticle can remain supple. I'm also using natural oils like raw, coconut oil may be a better choice. Also, making sure that you get enough omega three and sixes in your diet. ...Read more

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Why is the skin peeling off the tip of my right thumb extending into nail bed, no where else, no itch, no dry skin. What can I do for it?

Why is the skin peeling off the tip of my right thumb extending into nail bed, no where else, no itch, no dry skin. What can I do for it?

Might be eczema: The baby's doctor can check to see if the rash is the common eczema. Eczema can be treated by increasing the moisture in the skin by using creams such as cerave or cetaphil. Hydrocortisone 1% cream is over-the-counter and can be used twice a day for 4-5 days. If the rash is better, the Hydrocortisone can then be used once a day for 2-4 days, and then stopped. Avoid soaps or over-washing the skin. ...Read more

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My nails are rough to touch and peel very easily. I tried many products and pills and nothing seemed to work.What is it and how can I fix it?

My nails are rough to touch and peel very easily. I tried many products and pills and nothing seemed to work.What is it and how can I fix it?

Nails: The nails are, sometimes, an indicator of health overall and in other areas of the body. The thyroid and other things such as lung health and heart disease can show in the nails. Have your doctor look at them and see what is going on with them. ...Read more

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My nails are very thin and brittle. They always break and they even peel in layers sometimes. Can never grow them out long. What can I do to help?

My nails are very thin and brittle. They always break and they even peel in layers sometimes. Can never grow them out long. What can I do to help?

Get checked out.: Nails r an extension of the skin, and & skin is the largest organ of the body. Thus, health problems often first appear in the skin, hair, & nails. Brittle, flaky nails can b seen in mineral / hormone deficiencies (iron, thyroid, others). Also, exposure to chemicals (even nail polish) cd do it. Lastly, diseases like psoriasis & fungal infx affect nails. Discuss w/ a dermatologist or ur primary doc ...Read more

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What does it mean when u go to cut ur 6 year olds nails and they just peel off?

What does it mean when u go to cut ur 6 year olds nails and they just peel off?

Always like that?: Healthy children in the U.S. Usually do not have nail problems related to malnutrition, so soft nails are more likely be be familial. A parent can ask the primary care doctor or pediatrician to look at the nails, and refer to a pediatric dermatologist if needed. The doctor will want to know if the child's nails have always been soft. ...Read more

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Why do the tips of my nails fall off? I do not bit nor chew them but if they grow longer than my nail bed they fall/peel off. Or a layer will come off

Why do the tips of my nails fall off? I do not bit nor chew them but if they grow longer than my nail bed they fall/peel off. Or a layer will come off

Nail splitting: Nail splitting (brittle nail syndrome, onychoschizia) has many possible causes. It may be due to frequent wetting and drying of the hands, use of nail cosmetics and filing (hardeners, polish, polish removers/solvents), nail procedures, occupational exposure to chemicals, injury, other medical problems, medical problems, malnutrition certain skin diseases and medications. ...Read more

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What can I do to get strong nails..Mine are thin peeling layers and super easy to break?

What can I do to get strong nails..Mine are thin  peeling layers and super easy to break?

Good nutrition: Fingernails are a good picture of your state of nutrition. Other diseases can certainly affect the nails, but if yours are thin and friable, you may be lacking in good vegetable proteins and oils, such as olive oil. Iron deficiency are related to brittle nails. Zinc and vitamins c, e, &a are also important and best gotten from brightly colored veges and fruits, whole grains etc rather than pills. ...Read more

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