Many medical conditions can affect the shape or texture of the fingernails. Brittleness and breaking of the nails, meaning that the nails easily become cracked, chipped, split, or peeled, can be observed as a sign of aging or in response to the long-term use of nail polish or exposure to moist conditions. Some diseases are also associated with changes in the nails, which can include brittleness. Thin and brittle nails can be a sign of hypothyroidism,
HOW IS BROKEN NAILS DIAGNOSED?
A dermatologist will diagnose the issue with the help of detailed physical examination and questions pertaining to your medical history and lifestyle in general, including eating habits.
HOW IS BROKEN NAILS TREATED?
Vitamin supplements can help in some cases, and application of good moisturizers after soaking in water can also be beneficial. Wearing gloves when performing household chores that involve getting the hands wet is recommended to preventing brittle nails.
DID YOU KNOW?
Onychoschizia is a term used to describe splitting of finger nails or brittle or soft nails.