brittle nails


Characterized by brittle, splitting, peeling, or cracking nails; often caused by dehydration; sometimes linked to health conditions such as hypothyroidism and menopause, medications, diuretics, or iron and vitamin A, C, or B6 deficiencies.

Keywords:   nail diseases  

Required Reading

Under the Microscope: Brittle Nails

September 30, 2011

Sometimes called onychorrhexis or onychoschizia, brittle nails peel, split, and break easily.

What Are Brittle Nails?

October 1, 2008

So common they hardly rate as a condition, brittle nails are often nothing more than the body’s response to environmental conditions. A trip to the nail salon can be an informative and satisfactory first step to making brittle nails beautiful.

The Truth About Hormones and Nails

July 1, 2008

There’s a theory floating around that suggests hormones can wreak havoc on nails, causing the product to lift and nails to “fall off .” Is there any truth to the tale or are the affects of hormones the stuff of urban legends?

Just Add Water to Care for Brittle Nails

August 1, 2002

Caused by dehydration, brittle nails are the bane of the modern woman. Put to rest the old wives’ tales of gelatin and calcium supplements while teaching clients the tips and tricks that really work.

Strong Hope For Brittle Nails

May 1, 1996

Trauma to the nail plate and excessive hand-washing are the primary causes of brittle nails. Simple remedies can produce healthy results.

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