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My nails are too dry and exfoliating so that they are always cracked and in bad shape.What should I do about them.(i take multivitamine pills)?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Nails

Aging can cause slowed nail growth and dull, brittle, or yellowish nails as the flow of moisture and natural oils to the nail bed declines.
Dry heat, detergents, nail polish remover, or harsh chemicals encourage cracked and dry brittle nails. Nutrition for the nails include a diet rich in biotin, vitamin c, folate (folic acid) and omega-3's along with calcium. Your thyroid needs to be checked also.

In brief: Nails

Aging can cause slowed nail growth and dull, brittle, or yellowish nails as the flow of moisture and natural oils to the nail bed declines.
Dry heat, detergents, nail polish remover, or harsh chemicals encourage cracked and dry brittle nails. Nutrition for the nails include a diet rich in biotin, vitamin c, folate (folic acid) and omega-3's along with calcium. Your thyroid needs to be checked also.
Dr. Kevin Daus
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Dr. Steven Bowers
I would add that there oare other possible causes of brittle flaking nails that ought to be considered because their treatment would differ, such as infections, auto-immune processes like psoriasis, and drug side effects. Your doctor could help to sort these possibilities.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Dry nails

In addition to what has been said, there is a topical over the counter medication to help your nails called elon nail conditioner. The product has good reviews online.
The companies 800 number is 800-414-3566.

In brief: Dry nails

In addition to what has been said, there is a topical over the counter medication to help your nails called elon nail conditioner. The product has good reviews online.
The companies 800 number is 800-414-3566.
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