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What is causing a client's soft nail beds that repeatedly crack?

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What is causing a client's soft nail beds that repeatedly crack?

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I have a client with very soft nail beds, especially near the cuticle area. Three of the nails have cracked up the middle starting at the cuticle upto the free edge. She feels a little soreness around the cracks, but has no redness or soreness anywhere else. She won’t go to the doctor. What do you think is wrong?

Bronow: The cracks up the middle of the nail are known as median nail dystrophy. Some people think that this results from damage to the nail matrix. It may spontaneously clear or can be permanent. There is no relationship to soft nail beds.

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