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What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

What diet should someone with hypothyroid follow ? Avoid what foods?

Iodine good.: foods from the sea have iodine good. ones that bind up iodine bad (these are all the healthy broccoli family foods like broccoli, kale, cabbage). Just have more good than bad and don't do silly amounts of either ...Read more

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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What cause brittle fingernails?

What cause brittle fingernails?

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. ...Read more

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Dry, rough hands with brittle fingernails! help!?

Dry, rough hands  with brittle fingernails! help!?

Emolient, dermanial: Dermanail or genedur can help brittle nails. Supplements with essential fatty acids and b vitamins can help skin and strengthen nails.Oral digestive enzymes are helpful for brittle nails especially in postmenopausal women.Topical for hands include cerave, hylatopic, eletone, and epiceram. ...Read more

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What causes brittle fingernails with vertical ridges?

What causes brittle fingernails with vertical ridges?

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. ...Read more

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What's a natural cure fix 4 brittle fingernails?

What's a natural cure fix 4 brittle fingernails?

First...: ...Make sure there is no underlying internal cause, such as an under- or over-active thyroid. Then, keep your hands away from soap and water and harsh chemicals as much as possible. Take biotin (one of the b vitamins), about 5000 units per day. Eat a healthy diet. That's about as natural as it gets. ...Read more

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What are some natural cures for brittle fingernails?

What are some natural cures for brittle fingernails?

Biotin: Biotin is an oral supplement that helps strengthen skin, hair and nails. Usually a vitamin store can help you with proper dosage. ...Read more

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Can unexplained brittle fingernails be caused by pseudohypoparathyroidism?

Can unexplained brittle fingernails be caused by pseudohypoparathyroidism?

Fingernails: I don't think so. I hope you are seeing an Endocrinologist for your pseudo hyperpara. If not you must do so and ask about your nails. ...Read more

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What to do with brittle fingernails under artificial ones?

What to do with brittle fingernails under artificial ones?

First, remove...: ...The artificial nails. The damage to your nails is due to the adhesive applied to hold the acrylics. Then, keep your nails away from soap & water and harsh chemicals as much as possible (wear gloves). Take biotin (one of the b vitamins) 5000 units per day. Use nail polish, either one color coat or 2 clear coats. Be patient, it may take several weeks to bring your nails back to normal. ...Read more

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Brittle nail, is this hypothyroidism?

Brittle nail, is this hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is: One cause for brittle nails. You would need to be medically evaluated to determine what the cause of your brittle nails is. Take care. ...Read more

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Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

Does hypothyroid cause brittle hair?

May: Thyroid disease can cause many changes in your hair, including fragile brittle hair. ...Read more

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I have a bump under my thumbnail. No other fingernails are affected. I have hypothyroidism. What could be the cause?

If your thyroid: Level has been normalized by the proper amount of brand name T4 replacement, the bump is not due to your thyroid. There are many possible causes. Have your doctor take a look at it and help figure it out. ...Read more

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How to take care of my hair if I am suffering from mild hypothyroidism? What should I do to make my hair soft as they are dry and brittle?

How to take care of my hair if I am suffering from mild hypothyroidism? What should I do to make my hair soft as they are dry and brittle?

Be gentle: Avoid over-washing your hair. Don't apply shampoo directly to the roots. Distribute conditioner evenly through your hair. Avoid using hot tools (hair dryer, flat iron) every day. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Do not comb or twist wet hair. Massage in warm olive oil or coconut oil and leave for 30-40 minutes before washing. Always use lukewarm (not hot) to wash your hair. ...Read more

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If I have brittle nails do I have hypothyroidism?

If I have brittle nails do I have hypothyroidism?

Quite a leap: Brittle nails is one sign of hypothyroidism, but it's also a sign of washing too many dishes, which is a lot more common. People with low thyroid function exhibit lots of other signs and symptoms too, such as fatigue, thickened skin, hair loss, etc, etc. If you really have reason to suspect that you have hypothyroidism, see a doctor and get a blood test. ...Read more

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Can there be a link between hypothyroidism and fingernail problems?

Can there be a link between hypothyroidism and fingernail problems?

Yes: Untreated hypothyroidism can cause abnormal nail growth. Take the correct amount of brand name T4 replacement, get your levels normal, and the nails will grow out properly over time. Will takes weeks to months. ...Read more

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Can hypothyroidism cause brittle bones?

Can hypothyroidism cause brittle bones?

If uncontrolled.: Thyroid hormone has a very clear and important role in bone metabolism. Unless treated with thyroid hormone supplementation, hypothyroidism can indeed affect bone density and stregnth. ...Read more

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Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Why does hypothyroidism cause brittle or thin hair?

Yes: In general hypothyroidism associated with brittle and losing hair, and hyperthyroidism with premature greying of hair. Once the condition is treated and the thyroid functions are normalized brittleness and the loss of hair woudl go away. ...Read more

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I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Interstitial cystitis, fibro, tachycardia, anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism,  Interstitial cystitis,  fibro,  tachycardia,  anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

CONSULT DERMATOLOGIS: With your History of Multible Medical Conditions,and you have to on few medications and the rash you described It is very difficult to say what is causing the bumps on your arms and thighs I will suggest you consult a Dematologist to find what these bumps are due to ...Read more

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? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

? Thyroid. Cold sensitivity, cold toes, fingers, joint(?)aches, dry skin, brittle nails hair, sore muscles, stiff body. diangosis w/ hypothyroidism 1990 & on .125 mcg meds. Normal TSH & t4. Problems now? What

Thyroid "normal": As you obviously know all your symptoms fit into hypothyroidism. What you may not know is that the so called normal range thyroid levels is rather broad. You may very well still be hypothyroid. I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist who may be more liberal in your lab readings. ...Read more

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Dr. Su Fairchild
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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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Brittle Fingernails (Definition)

Brittle fingernails are fingernails that are easily chipped or cracked, and may be seen in people ...Read more