New beginnings for split ends

SOMETIMES patients complain that the ends of their nails are splitting and they believe it is due to a fungal infection. When you look closely there is a layered splitting of the nail edge, like weathered rock. This is a good comparison because the condition is due to ageing and exposure to moisture. 

Nails are solid keratin and absorb water and weaken at the ends. All it needs is trauma from rough surfaces and the ends will split. Treatment is simple. Keep the hands out of water and paint the nail ends with clear nail polish to harden and protect them. 

Supplements such as gelatin or silica make no difference. 

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