Fingernail health, while neglected by many, is extremely important. Many often fail to recognize the nail’s color and texture also signal the overall health of a person. Like eyes being windows to the soul, nails are also windows to one’s health.
Splitting nails, for example, could signal iron deficiency or in extremely rare cases hint of vitamin deficiencies or internal diseases. Before freaking out though, it’s best to learn a little bit more about this.
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Fingernail Health | Splitting Nails VS. Healthy Nails
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Splitting nails is one of the more common fingernail health problems, especially among women. Not only does the nail split into layers but it also becomes thin, brittle, and soft. Studies suggest if the splitting is only isolated in the fingernails, it’s most likely that the cause is external.
This is one problem I often encounter not only among clients but also myself. It’s quite frustrating to see nails peeling into layers, and not as healthy as we want them to be. Rather than letting the condition pass as nothing, it’s best to acknowledge that there is indeed something wrong.
What to do when fingernails split?
Before going into correcting the condition, the first thing to do when fingernails split is to clip off the portion affected. Leaving it as it is could tear the nails more deeply.
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What are the common causes?
There are several common causes to splitting nails. Among them are: Aging, repeated wetting and drying of the nails, activities leading to nail injuries like scraping things using the fingernails, contact with chemicals and medical conditions such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, fungal infection iron deficiency or endocrine disorders.
What to do to maintain fingernail health?
Simple things such as wearing gloves when doing chores involving water, and avoiding harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and acetone are extremely important in maintaining fingernail health. If the nails are brittle and dry, applying hand and nail cream will help. Proper nutrition is also vital. Eat food loaded with omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins A, B-complex, and C; protein; zinc and iron.
What home remedies may be used for splitting nails
Simple home remedies may be used to treat splitting nails. Among the top ten home remedies are for fingernail health: Coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, vitamin E oil, horsetail, tea tree oil, sea salt, lemon juice, beer (surprise, surprise!), blackstrap molasses and biotin supplement.
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If there’s no improvement with the fingernails despite following these tips, it’s high time to consult the doctor. As already mentioned, splitting nails may be a symptom of internal diseases.
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