Understanding Nail Dystrophy

Your nails go through a lot of labor, day in and day out, so cracks and splits may happen. Did you know, though, that your everyday routine might lead to cracking and splitting because of nail dystrophy? It is not uncommon. In fact, nail dystrophy—also called onychodystrophy—is a frustrating problem for 20% of people living in America today.

As fingernails and toenails are exposed to fungi that grow on our skin, called dermatophytes, the risk of brittle or cracked nails increases significantly. If you have hard, brittle, splitting, cracking and/or discolored nails, then you may be experiencing the effects of nail dystrophy.

Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%) nail solution is a patented polymer that addresses the signs and symptoms of nail dystrophy, and has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine. As a once-a-day, water resistant treatment, Nuvail is an ideal solution for nail dystrophy that keeps your nails strong with a protective layer that alleviates fingernails and toenails from the risk of becoming brittle or cracked.

There are three types of nail dystrophy: Brittle Nail Syndrome, Psoriatic Nails and Mycotic Nails.

Brittle Nail Syndrome is the most common form of nail dystrophy, and is twice as likely to affect women. In the case of Brittle Nail Syndrome, fingernails and/or toenails become fragile, making them susceptible to splitting and cracking. Certain professions like medical assistants, bartenders, plumbers, and anyone exposed to water on a consistent, daily basis, are susceptible to Brittle Nail Syndrome.

Psoriatic Nails are classified as abnormally thick or discolored fingernails and/or toenails. Root causes of Psoriatic Nails can be medically treated, and Nuvail may help diminish the effects of Psoriatic Nails, while also protecting the appearance of your nails. Mycotic Nails are common amongst men and women between the ages of 40 and 60. Caused by fungi that invade the nail, Mycotic Nails are diagnosed by splitting and discoloration.

Without proper and prompt treatment, the symptoms of nail dystrophy can worsen over time.  If you are experiencing nail friction, splitting, and/or fragility with your fingernails and/or toenails, then you may be one of the millions of people experiencing nail dystrophy.

Nuvail penetrates intercellular spaces and nail surface ridges to bind with keratin, the protein that forms fingernails and toenails, to create a strong, water-resistant shield. Medical studies show that Nuvail can have a significant effect on dystrophic nails as earlier as four weeks after its first application.(2) With Nuvail, you can have peace of mind in your everyday life knowing you are using a quality product that helps protect healthy nails.

Nuvail should be applied once daily to ensure the best results. Nuvail is a unique, patented polymer that leaves a breathable, elegant, invisible film, making it a great option for both men and women to defend their fingernails and toenails from the effects of nail dystrophy. Don’t worry, fashionistas, you can still apply your favorite nail polish over Nuvail once it dries, though you must remove the nail polish before applying a new coat of Nuvail.

Nuvail wants you to have strong fingernails and toenails, so you can be confident in your appearance by maintaining healthy nails. The frustration and discomfort of nail dystrophy is a solvable problem with Nuvail. Start revealing new, strong, healthy nails today by contacting a physician who prescribes Nuvail.


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2- Nasir,A., Swick, L., et al., “Clinical Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of a New Topical Treatment for Onychomycosis”. J. of Drugs in Dermatology. 2011;10;10;1186-1191.

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