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Treating Cracked Fingernails ((HOT))

Topical treatment: For dry, cracked hands caused by environmental stressors, such as dry winter air or frequent handwashing, we may recommend specialized creams or lotions such as moisturizers or prescribe topical steroids or antifungals. Wearing gloves when doing household chores like washing the dishes can help protect your hands.

Treating Cracked Fingernails

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All of us wish to have strong and beautiful nails, but brittle textured fingernails can hamper its health. Brittle nails or onychoschizia is a common condition categorised by soft, thin and splitting nails and it is more common among women than men. The nails are hard covering on the tips of the fingers and toes which are made up of layers of a protein called alpha keratin, offering protection to the fingers and toes. Keratin also makes up the cells in the hair and skin and functions to shield the nails from damage. The most common cause of brittle nails can be the result of an underlying health condition.

Pathologic hoof changes in horses and swine can be normalized by administration of biotin. This vitamin has been given orally to women with brittle fingernails or onychoschizia. The aim of the study was to test whether the favorable clinical results could be corroborated by scanning electron microscopy. We investigated the distal ends of the fingernails from 32 persons. They were placed into three groups: group A consisted of 10 control subjects with normal nails, group B comprised eight patients with brittle nails studied before and after biotin treatment, and group C was 14 patients with brittle nails in whom the administration of biotin did not coincide exactly with the initial and terminal clipping of the nails. The thickness of the nails in group B increased significantly by 25%. In group C, the increase was 7%. Splitting of the nails were reduced in groups B and C and the irregular cellular arrangement of the dorsal surface of brittle nails became more regular in all nails of group B and in 8 of 11 nails of group C.

Q. I'm 63, and I've begun to notice a decline in the quality of my fingernails. They have numerous up-and-down ridges, and at the tips, they're always splitting. I've heard you can tell a lot about a person's health from the condition of her nails. What does my split nails say about mine?

A. Some changes in nails can be a sign of an underlying health problem, but the lengthwise nail ridging you describe is usually not one. It's simply a common sign of normal aging. The growth of fingernails and toenails slows as we get older, and their appearance may change. Some nails become yellowed or dull and brittle, and some or all may develop tiny longitudinal ridges. Fingernails tend to become thinner and more fragile, while toenails usually become thicker and harder.

Oral antifungal therapy should be prescribed only after confirmation of fungal infection. Oral terbinafine is typically the first-line treatment for confirmed onychomycosis. The treatment course is generally 6 weeks for fingernails and 12 weeks for toenails.9 Given increasing reports of terbinafine resistance in onychomycosis, the possibility of resistance should be considered if patients do not improve with therapy. Identification and susceptibility testing of the causative fungus or fungi may help guide therapy. Note, however, that antimicrobial resistance is not the only possible reason for treatment failure.17 Clinicians should also consider the possibility of incorrect diagnosis or inadequate patient adherence to therapy.

Antifungal treatments are thought to be effective in treating about 60 to 80% of fungal nail infections. It can take between 6 and 18 months for the appearance of the affected nail to return to normal, and in some cases the nail may not look the same as before the infection.

Fungal infections, such as tinea, are spread from one person to another and can affect the fingernails or toenails. Without treatment, the nail bed itself can become infected. People with diabetes or with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of fungal infection.The characteristics of a fungal nail infection depend on the cause, but may include:

As our body ages, the growth rate of our fingernails and toenails tends to slow. The change of protein in the nail plate makes nails brittle and prone to splitting. Discolouration and thickening are also common.

Your fingernails say a lot about you. Neatly trimmed and well-maintained nails hint that you take care of yourself. Nails bitten to the core signal that you may be anxious and stressed. But split and cracked nails mean your nails need a little attention -- otherwise, they may catch somebody else's.

Before you do anything with those cracked nails, you need to gently clip excess parts that could catch on something and cause tears that go deeper into the nail bed. Then you need to figure out what's making your nails crack and split. Keep reading to what causes cracked nails and how to treat them.

You may have to spend a few minutes reading lotion labels, but the time will be well spent. A moisturizer that contains a protein, an occlusive and a humectant will give your nails the moisture they need to prevent and treat dry, cracked nails.

No one likes the look of cracked and peeling cuticle skin. Whether you are on a date, at a business meeting, or for that matter, even in your daily life, flaky skin around the nails can be quite unpleasant to look at.

Just like your skin can become cracked and rough to the touch, the ridges in your nails can experience some dryness. The good news is, you can help them in similar ways: "Apply moisturizer to your fingernails just as you do to your hands," Zeichner notes. That said, oils are your friends: Try massaging some jojoba oil, coconut oil, or argan oil onto your nails to moisturize and soften the surface. But you don't have to shell out extra cash for nail-specific products (although, here are more than a few options if you're interested). Rather, "you can use the same types of oils that you apply to hydrate your face," Zeichner adds. Allow us to reemphasize: Nail care and skin care are two sides of the same coin.

Yes, your nails can get UV damage, too. Just as your skin needs proper protection, your nails deserve that same level of care. To start? Paint your nails with a UV filter polish (or opt for an opaque shade to physically block the rays, sort of like a sun hat for your fingernails). "This is going to act like a sunscreen for your nails," manicurist Jin Soon Choi, founder of JinSoon, tells us about UV filter polishes. "These are polishes that either absorb or reflect the suns' rays, so they'll protect your nail from damage."

No matter what happened to cause them, hoof cracks can come on out of nowhere, and they can be quite troubling to treat. Read this guide to learn more about what causes hoof cracks, their impact on the horse and how to treat cracked hooves.

Whatever type of treatment your farrier determines is the most effective for your horse, you should know that the main goal is to stabilize the cracked hoof. The treatment should also protect the damaged wall and reduce the amount of pain and bleeding the horse is experiencing, as well as inhibit the further development of infection.

I tried almost every cream and moisturizer for my cracked fingertips, but they provided little help. I started using Finger Care and Liquid Skin with some good results, but the cracks kept coming back.

We recently shared a story from a reader who has type 2 diabetes. She complained of thin fingernails. Her podiatrist recommended a dietary supplement called biotin. To her surprise it also worked for cracked fingertips. You can read her story at this link and read about the pros and cons of biotin.

Many medical conditions can affect the shape or texture of the fingernails. Brittleness 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 (including frequent swimming or dishwashing). Some diseases are also associated with changes in the nails, which can include brittleness. Thin and brittle nails can be a sign of hypothyroidism, for example. The term onychoschizia refers to splitting of the fingernails as well as brittle or soft nails. Taking biotin (a vitamin) supplements can help in some cases of brittle nails, and application of moisturizers after soaking in water can also be of benefit.

Anemia is the condition of having less than the normal number of red blood cells or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. The oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood is, therefore, decreased. There are several types of anemia such as iron deficiency anemia (the most common type), sickle cell anemia, vitamin B12 anemia, pernicious anemia, and aplastic anemia. Symptoms of anemia may include fatigue, malaise, hair loss, palpitations, menstruation, and medications. Treatment for anemia includes treating the underlying cause for the condition. Iron supplements, vitamin B12 injections, and certain medications may also be necessary.

Yes, nails have good regeneration capacity, but they grow slowly. Fingernails may grow one-tenth of a millimeter each day, so completely removed fingernails usually grow within 6 months. Toenails may grow at about one-half or one-third the rate of the fingernails, so completely removed toenails may grow within 18 months.

Many people suffer from dry, cracked skin surrounding their nails due to things like cold, dry weather and biting their nails. Along with biting their nails, sometimes people even bite the skin surrounding their nail. This can lead to painful rips and bleeding tears that have the potential to become infected. Thankfully, dry, cracked, and ripped skin around the nail can be repaired by following a few easy steps to ensure your hands stay groomed and moisturized.

A cure-all for many health and beauty concerns, coconut oil is great for treating brittle and cracked nails as well as damaged cuticles because of its moisturizing properties. Because of its antibacterial properties it is also used to treat both toenail and fingernail fungus and prevent irritation or potential infections caused by hangnails. To use, apply a small amount of coconut oil directly to fingernails and massage the area, warming the coconut oil and allowing it to penetrate the skin. Leave on for as long as possible, preferably overnight, before washing hands in order to reap the full benefits of this natural wonder. 041b061a72


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