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Can you tell me how to get my split fingernail to grow normally again?

Can you tell me how to get my split fingernail to grow normally again?

Really depends on : where the damage is. if you damaged the matrix then the nail will likely never grow in normally, if you injured just the nail plate then over time it will. If there is a growth on the nail bed that is causing the nail to grow abnormally you need to have derm remove the growth for nail to grow normally, hope that helps ...Read more

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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My fingernails alway split across the middle of my fingers is this normal?

My fingernails alway split  across the middle of my fingers  is this normal?

Split Nails: Although brittle, splitting nails can occasionally be a symptom of an underlying medical problem, brittle nails are usually due to overexposure of the nail bed to water which promotes drying. This causes fingernails to become brittle and fragile resulting in the annoying splitting that can make fingernails look so ugly. Use the prescription genadur. ...Read more

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Husband has severe splits around fingernails. Very painful, worse in cold weather. Help?

Husband has severe splits around fingernails. Very painful, worse in cold weather.  Help?

Soak ; smear: Warm gloves outside in winter. Soak in hot water at least 10 min. Then rub in vaseline or aquaphor. Carry chapstick, rub into cracks frequently. Use liquid bandaid twice a day to seal the cracks. Use a cream with ceremides such as cereve, eucerin, aveeno (oatmeal) eczema care, cetaphil: best after soaks. Avoid solvents such as alcohol, paint thinner. Avoid caustic soaps: dove is preferred to ivory. Avoid an. ...Read more

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My nails break all the time, they split, peel. I'm really worried i almost can't grow my fingernails. What might be the reason and how to improve it?

Brittle Nails: One commonly cited cause of brittle nails is frequent hand washing or water usage. People who clean on a frequent basis will often have brittle nails, unless they take the necessary steps to protect themselves from being susceptible to such a nail condition. Genadur is indicated to protect intact or damaged or brittle nails but it is a prescription. ...Read more

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I have a white spot under the skin right where my fingernail ends. Hard skin gas grown on top of it and it's painful to touch. I have split the skin under my nail a couple of months ago. Any idea?

I have a white spot under the skin right where my fingernail ends. Hard skin gas grown on top of it and it's painful to touch. I have split the skin under my nail a couple of months ago. Any idea?

Tricky: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them.Scar, skin growth at different rates, mild trauma can cause separation of skin layers that look like a bleb or white spot. Often gets better on its own. ...Read more

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What can I take for really dry split finger nails?

What can I take for really dry split finger nails?

Split Finger Nails: Split nails can be caused by: thyroid disease, iron deficiency, nail products, vitamin deficiency as in b6, a, c, or e and water. The most common cause is having your hands in water. Treatment is with elon nail conditioner which is over the counter. ...Read more

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As part of maturing my finger nails peel split and have ridges. Will they ever go back to normal?

As part of maturing my finger nails peel split and have ridges. Will they ever go back to normal?

Maybe: Ridges on nails become more common as people age but may indicate nutrient deficiencies- see http://www.Md-health.Com/fingernail-ridges.Html split nails may improve with silica and biotin. For other ideas see http://www.Drbaileyskincare.Com/blog/cracked-dry-brittle-and-splitting-fingernails-dermatologists-tips/. ...Read more

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Why does the tip of finger nails start to get split ends?

Why does the tip of finger nails start to get split ends?

Nail health: The health of your nails can reflect your state of nutrition and your general health. Brittle nails can be caused by vitamin or iron deficiency, and by certain medical conditions, or by drying your nails out too much with solvents. Nutritional supplements with vitamin e and biotin are said to improve nail health, but the evidence suggests vit e may be more toxic than helpful. ...Read more

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My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle. What would cause this?

My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle.  What would cause this?

Genetic issues: nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes. ...Read more

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The ring finger digit on my right hand has a finger nail with a split down the center. It grows in split since birth. Healthy otherwise. Problem?

The ring finger digit on my right hand has a finger nail with a split down the center. It grows in split since birth. Healthy otherwise. Problem?

Nail abnormality: If you have this condition since birth, this is considered as a congenital defect in the nail bed or a rare double nail presenting in your finger. Some people are born with double nail formation in their small toes. The dermatologist may able able to tell you more. As much as I know, you may have to live with it, as I am not aware of any medical solution for cure. ...Read more

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Can you get an infection from a blue crab pinch? It was a very hard pinch and drew blood and split the finger nail. How do you know if it is infected?

Can you get an infection from a blue crab pinch? It was a very hard pinch and drew blood and split the finger nail. How do you know if it is infected?

Yes that is possible: When was your last tetanus shot? If you don't know or it has been more than 10 years, then please get one. The problem with these types of injuries is that marine organism can create nasty infections. I used to be an undersea medical officer & almost all my divers with underwater injuries ended up with infections - no matter how well we cleaned things out. Signs of infection include an ^ in pain. ...Read more

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Would my fingernail grow once again normally as before after it 's been smashed.Now it is about to peel off...What should I do after it's gone?

Would my fingernail grow once again normally as before after it 's been smashed.Now it is about to peel off...What should I do after it's gone?

It should: If you lose your current nail, the new nail that grows in should grow normally. This assumes that the trauma did not damage the nail matrix which lived under the cuticle. The matrix cells are the ones involved in regrowth and if damaged can lead to permanent nail dystrophy. ...Read more

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Are fingernails a living thing?

Are fingernails a living thing?

Keratin: Fingernails, like hair, are composed of a protein called keratin. Though made by specialized living cells in the nail matrix, keratin is a product and as such is not alive. ...Read more

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Why do my fingernail have lines?

Why do my fingernail have lines?

Lots of reasons: When you say "lines" it is difficult to say as there are many types of lines. The most common lines seen are longitudinal (running along the length of the nail). More specifically, longitudinal melanonychia means dark lines along the nails. This can be variant of normal, particularly in persons with dark skin. However, any new line of pigmentation should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What do bad fingernails indicate?

What do bad fingernails indicate?

Derm eval: There are many different conditions that can effect nails. It is best to have your dermatologist evaluate your nails to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Fingernails that curl under why ?

Ingrown nail: Ingrown nail is said to be due to tight shoes. Then try wider shoes. See your doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

If there is allergy: Latex allergy is relatively uncommon (3-5% of the population) but for those affected it can cause different problems. It is possible to see problems with the finger nails, but you'd also expect to see skin changes elsewhere on the hands. It is also possible that with prolonged wear the increased moisture would promote fungal growth. Make sure you don't use artificial nails. They make things worse. ...Read more