Why do I have Weak, Brittle Nails?

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A rapidly growing problem in our country is a frustrating condition that doctors call Nail Dystrophy. It is characterized by weak, brittle, discolored or misshapen nails. Nail Dystrophy can affect up to 20% of Americans and is twice as likely to affect women than men. What many people don’t know is that this is actually a very solvable problem.

If you have nails that are fragile, splitting, discolored, lifted, or thickened, you should ask your doctor about Nail Dystrophy during your next visit.

There are three main types of Nail Dystrophy.  The most common is Brittle Nail Syndrome.  If your nails are fragile, splitting across the edges, and thin, then you may be experiencing Brittle Nail Syndrome.  This condition is commonly due to over exposure to water, chemicals or the long-term wearing of acrylic nails.  These can cause your nails to become dry, to thin out, and to split and chip along the free edge.

The second form of Nail Dystrophy is Psoriatic Nails, which can be painful and aesthetically unappealing.  If you have Psoriatic Nails you can treat the underlying psoriasis but any improvement in nail appearance may occur slowly.

The third type is Fungal Nails, which is an infection on or under the nail, usually the toenails. This condition most often affects people between the ages of 40-60, more men than women. Often, pre-existing nail dystrophy has created a pathway for the fungus to take hold. Without addressing Nail Dystrophy, an uninfected nail is at risk for infection, and even a successfully treated fungal infection could come back. It is important if you suspect Fungal Nails to get them treated right away.

Nuvail™ (poly-ureaurethane, 16%) can be used to manage fragile, splitting nails, and can be used on healthy nails! Ask your doctor how Nuvail can help treat your nails.


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