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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Susan Rhoads Dr. Rhoads
Family Medicine
34 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Dr. Christopher Moeller Dr. Moeller
Dermatology
34 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Dr. Ann McKane Dr. McKane
Pathology
19 years in practice
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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My nails split vertically. They are thin, brittle, and they split to flesh. What is wrong?

My nails split vertically. They are thin, brittle, and they split to flesh. What is wrong?

Many causes: Brittle nails are not uncommon and may be due to environmental or medical conditions.Trauma, excessive wetting & drying, detergent or solvent exposure all may be casues. Underlying diseases include hypothyroidism, raynaud's disease, psoriasis, endocrine or immune disorders, pulmonary disease and some medications may also cause brittle nails. Biotin or gelatin supplementation have been suggested. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Martin Fried Dr. Fried
General Practice
32 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Need expert advice. What health problem or nutrition problem could cause my nails to split?

Need expert advice. What health problem or nutrition problem could cause my nails to split?

See below: •Brittle nails may occur due to medical problems, including gland (endocrine system) diseases, tuberculosis, Sjögren syndrome, and malnutrition. •People with other skin diseases, such as lichen planus and psoriasis, as well as people taking oral medications made from vitamin A, may also develop nail splitting- the most common cause of split nails is from frequent wetting and drying of hands- ...Read more

Dr. Phillip Goebel Dr. Goebel
Emergency Medicine
12 years in practice
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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

Dr. David Tobin Dr. Tobin
Podiatry
34 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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I'm a diabetic, my toe nail has split down the centre and is hurting. It is also dry and irritable. What can I do?

I'm a diabetic, my toe nail has split down the centre and is hurting. It is also dry and irritable. What can I do?

See a Podiatrist: Nail split and hurting-may be early infection, see a podiatrist as soon as possible. When you call to make the appointment identify yourself a diabetic so you can get in sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Neil Horsley Dr. Horsley
Podiatry
33 years in practice
Florida State University College of Medicine
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My little toe nail is split down close to.The middle and looks like the one side is gonna come off and not the other part no change color or trama ?

My little toe nail is split down close to.The middle and looks like the one side is gonna come off and not the other part no change  color or trama ?

Split: Many times that split on the fifth toe or baby toe is not a toenail at all. That split on one side is hardened skin the same as a corn. While the rest of the mail is intact. The corn on the side of the nail is caused by a small bone inside the baby toe. Care includes, trimming or padding or a piece of bone can be removed. Or the baby tneeds to be rotated into a straightened position.Thank. ...Read more

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Dr. Marshall Solomon Dr. Solomon
Podiatry
44 years in practice
Florida State University College of Medicine
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Why do I have small dot like dents, bumps and vertical lines on my hand nails? And why does my feet nails crack/split?

Why do I have small dot like dents, bumps and vertical lines on my hand nails? And why does my feet nails crack/split?

Possible systemic di: Possible underlying systemic conditions may cause nail changes. Some arthritic conditions, psoriasis, dietary deficiencies. See your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook Dr. Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics
37 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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After biting my nails for years when i let them grow 2 of them automatically split down the middle. Could this be a lack of something?

After biting my nails for years when i let them grow 2 of them automatically split down the middle. Could this be a lack of something?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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I have a toenail that has a split in it down to the nail bed, it has been like this for about a year. How do I get or to grow back together?

If the root : Of the nail is damaged you may not be able to. You can have the toenail removed and see how the new one grows in. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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?

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

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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My newborn of 8weeks has a thumb nail that is split half way down his thumb nail and brown discoloration. It looks like it's grown funny? What is it??

My newborn of 8weeks has a thumb nail that is split half way down his thumb nail and brown discoloration. It looks like it's grown funny? What is it??

The most likely : cause would be unrecognized trauma, especially if it appeared recently. Brown discoloration is usually from bleeding under the nail. Show it to his pediatrician at his 2-month health maintenance visit, just to make sure it's not from something more serious. You may want to photograph the lesion every couple of weeks so his doctor can monitor its healing over the next few months. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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