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Why my baby toenail breaks ? Knowing that breastfed only one year old and he eat well and doesn't want to drink milk thank you

Why my baby toenail breaks ? Knowing that breastfed only one year old and he eat well and doesn't want to drink milk thank you

Milk: Toenail breaks in an infant usually normal. A one year old does not need to drink milk if he is eating other dairy products. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...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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Dry brittle toenails. They are dull with dull, gold tips. when i hit th they easly break. they are flakey and my pinkey toe is spongey and dark.

Dry brittle toenails. They are dull with dull, gold tips. when i hit th they easly break. they are flakey and my pinkey toe is spongey and dark.

Psoriasis?: The knee-jerk reaction to brittle toenails is fungus infection, but that would be very unusual in a 17-year-old. Since fingernails are also involved, psoriasis is my first thought, but there are other possibilities. Let a dermatologist take a look, and give you a precise diagnosis and specific treatment. ...Read more

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What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

What is the cause if toenails and finger nails to become brittle break apart and fall off.

Many reasons: Including nutritional issues, nail polish allergy, fungal infections and an assortment of dermatological problems from psoriasis to lichen planus. If you're losing weight and are depressed, it may be nutritional. Best to see a dermatologist about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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For a few months my toe nails have been breaking off all most completey off with no pain at times I don't even notice it breaks off..What is causing it?

For a few months my toe nails have been breaking off all most completey off with no pain at times I don't even notice it breaks off..What is causing it?

Few things : Can cause this. Fungus or trauma (even micro trauma) are some common reasons as are vitamin deficiencies. (microtrauma can occur by ill fitting shoes.) see a podiatrist who can help make the diagnosis and offer a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Why does my big toe nail alway break in half?

See below: It is probably thin and brittle. Try using a clear nail polish to help it grow out. If still a problem see a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have red skin below big toe nail which is at time itchy and break up when scratched?

I have red skin below big toe nail which is at time itchy and break up when scratched?

You may have a: fungal infection of the skin. Try an antifungal cream like lamisil (terbinafine) on the affected area twice a day for several weeks and see if it improves ...Read more

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My finger nails are strong but my big toe nails always break not the tip of the nail break from the bottom or crack in the middle.

My finger nails are strong but my big toe nails always break not the tip of the nail break from the bottom or crack in the middle.

Damage to nail root: Previous injury to the nail root will cause portions of the nail plate to be thinner and weaker is one reason, and damage to the nail root and plate from fungal infection are two likely ways this happened to you. There are several treatments that may help. ...Read more