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How do I make my nails stronger? Mine break easily...

How do I make my nails stronger? Mine break easily...

See your doctor 1st: Brittle nails can be due to some very treatable medical conditions. Hormonal issues, such as a thyroid disorders, can lead to brittle nails. Discuss this with your family doctor or dermatologist. ...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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After wearing fake nails for so long my nails are weak and break very easily. Will a biotin supplement help and if so how much should I take?

After wearing fake nails for so long my nails are weak and break very easily. Will a biotin supplement help and if so how much should I take?

No: Biotin is a waste of money at any dose. A nail is not a living tissue. It cannot repair itself. You will grow a complete replacement nail in 6 months. The quality of that nail is largely related to how successfully you avoid injuries to it. Avoid glue, solvents, tapes. Minimize wet work. Never push or pinch or cut the cuticle in any way.Keep nails very short and do not attempt to clean under them. ...Read more

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Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Many possibilities : So there are many possible causes of nail disease. Common causes are vitamin deficiencies, skin diseases such as psoriasis, infections, etc. The curvature of the nail toward the finger might be something known as clubbing. This can occur in lung or heart problems and is common among smokers. Might be best to consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My nails break and splits when they reach a decent length. Anything that i could do? :)

My nails break and splits when they reach a decent length. Anything that i could do? :)

Overall health: This is a very common problem usually related to your overall level of health. Overuse of nail products can weaken the nails as well. Keep your nails dry, trimmed and clean to help. Attend to a healthy diet and if all of this does not help see a dermatologist, ...Read more

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I bite the skin around my nails. I know I have to break the habit, but in the meantime is there anything i can put on the skin to ease the pain?

I bite the skin around my nails. I know I have to break the habit, but in the meantime is there anything i can put on the skin to ease the pain?

Vaseline: Avoid antibiotic creams. Studies indicate that they are useless. Worse, they are a common cause of allergic reactions. Several fatalities have occured. Gloves are not likely to be satisfactory. Lubricate frequently. ...Read more

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How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

How do I break my habit of biting my nails?

Put something...: On them that tastes terrible, yet is harmless - lemon juice, castor oil, etc. ...Read more

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How to break the habit of biting your nails?

How to break the habit of biting your nails?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it's been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your hands. ...Read more