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weak, fragile, breaking fingernails

  1. milavrab profile image61
    milavrabposted 5 years ago

    Does anyone experinced problem with fingernails and actually curred ?
    I would very much appreciate any advice
    thank you     Mila

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      Robertr04posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Hi. Without actually seeing your nails in person and other info, here are a few probabilities. Nails that chip, peel, crack, or break easily can be the cause of a nutritional deficiency and insufficient hydrochloric acid and protein. Minerals may also be needed. Brittle, soft, shiny nails without a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid. Brittle nails can also signify possible iron deficiency and thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and circulation problems. Nail changes may signify a number of disorders elsewhere in the body. These changes may indicate illness even before the rest of the body does. It would be wise to seek medical attention if any of the above symptoms are suspected.

      1. milavrab profile image61
        milavrabposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for your informative answer despite that
        either probabilitity doesn't  look good  sad

        1. profile image56
          Robertr04posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Hey, turn that frown upside down. Your body is giving you an advance warning that something may be on the horizon, which it should. Go have a check up and take out the best insurance policy of all, healthy nutrition.

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      Chris Hughposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I had that problem when I was low in iron and vitamin D.

    3. artist101 profile image67
      artist101posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      There are alot of different things to try. First it could easily be a nutritional deficiency. The vitamin for hair, skin, and nails is biotin. It is one of the B vitamins in a complex formula. B vitamins are best taken in a complex formula. I have written an article on the B vitamins. Another missing vitamin that is detrimental is calcium. Which I found to be most effective. Usually sold in a complex formula along with magnesium, and zinc. My fingernails used to be brittle until I started to take this supplement, to prevent osteoperosis.
      Now I have to actually keep them clipped. Another possibilty is having your hands in water too much, it is very drying to the nails, and to hands. Antibacterial hand soap, used all the time will also cause a problem. I actually had to quit using it, and switch to an aloe hand soap. I only use it if someone is sick.

  2. usmlefacts profile image60
    usmlefactsposted 5 years ago

    Garlic and vitamin E should help with the weak fingernails. Its all natural and there will be no side effects. If all else fails; consult with a family doctor or dermatologist. Great hub.

    1. milavrab profile image61
      milavrabposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That one I can do   smile
      Thank you   M.

  3. A C Nortal profile image61
    A C Nortalposted 5 years ago

    Prenatal vitamins can be helpful for weak/brittle nails. However, weak nails can be a sign of hypothyroidism amongst other medical conditions (including low calcium). Especially if your nails have striations in color. I would talk to your doctor about weak nails at your next appointment. You might want to get some blood work done just to make sure everything is at peek performance!

    1. milavrab profile image61
      milavrabposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have went through all mentioned above. Healthy like a horse smile , no other symptoms, blood work done several times, no striations in color.
      Thank you for your words.
      Recently I have change a doctor, and your right ! I am going to bring her attention to this "minor" problem, maybe I will get some new aproach to this anoying problem.   M.

  4. artist101 profile image67
    artist101posted 5 years ago

    I took calcium, and fish oil, for other problems along with a multivitamin, and noticed a difference right away.

  5. innerspin profile image92
    innerspinposted 5 years ago

    If you are otherwise healthy, consider what you do with your hands. Do you wear nail varnish? Some removers are alcohol based, which tends to weaken my normally strong nails. By changing to a gentler remover and rubbing moisturiser into my nails, things improved. Do you wear rubber gloves when washing dishes? Having your hands in hot soapy water can dry out the nails. I have to use alcohol gel at work to keep hands clean, so regularly moisturise. Keep your nails well trimmed while they are weak.. I hope you find the right answer soon.