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My Nails Break Easily
I bit my nails before & now the nails are growing but not attaching to nail bed therefore they break easily. Anything i can do to reattach it?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brittle Nails: This condition affects up to 20 % of the population. It can result from nail polish remover, excessively strong soap use, eating disorders such as anorexia or bullemia, hypothyroidism, etc. According to one study the use of the b-complex vitamin biotin increased nail thickness by 25 %. ...Read more
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?
Clipping/filing: Probably clip first then file to smoothen. ...Read more
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