As we go through our everyday lives, nail damage is practically inevitable. Fingernails and toenails can become brittle, broken and discolored, making them unhealthy and unsightly. One of the leading causes of fingernail damage, especially among people in their latter adult years, is nail dystrophy. Nail dystrophy affects 20% of people living in America today, and is twice as likely to affect women than men.

What Is Nail Dystrophy?

Associated with skin and nails, nail dystrophy is the result of fingernails and toenails being exposed to fungi that grow on our skin. Symptoms of nail dystrophy include brittle or fragile nails, cracked nails, and/or abnormally thick or discolored nails. Without proper and prompt treatment, these symptoms can and will worsen over time. The effects of nail dystrophy often escalate, as hardened, thicker nails are more susceptible to cracking or splitting. Simply covering up dystrophic nails with polish or artificial nails is not a solution to nail dystrophy.

What Causes Nail Dystrophy and Fingernail Damage?

Fingernail and toenail damage becomes more likely as we grow older and our nails go through the wear and tear of everyday life. For example, exposing nails to water for elongated time periods can accelerate nail dystrophy. Activities like washing the car and dishes without gloves, or spending too much time in the shower or bathtub, are common contributing factors to fingernail and toenail damage, as this weakens nails and creates opportunity for fungi to penetrate nails and grow.

What Are the Best Ways to Repair Damaged Fingernails?

The first step is to safeguard yourself from the common causes of fingernail damage. As mentioned, this includes frequent wetting and drying of fingernails, but can also be the result of exposure to chemicals found in household cleaners, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, and high stress levels. You can combat these inhibitors by wearing gloves, maintaining a vitamin-rich diet (protein, Vitamin B and Vitamin A) and by taking time to relax to reduce stress and anxiety.

Get Help For Your Fingernail Damage

The best way to protect your fingernails and toenails is to use a product like Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%). Our patented polymer, applied once a day, has been found to manage and alleviate the signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy. Navigate our website to learn more, and contact a Nuvail prescribing physician who can help.

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