Brittle toenails aren’t something to be ashamed of, as many people suffer from this condition. You may feel that due to your brittle nails, you can’t enjoy wearing sandals in the summer or open toe shoes to events. There’s no denying that brittle nails look unsightly, even if you try to pretty them up by applying nail polish.
Brittle toenails appear as if the nails have been chewed on, because the nails look uneven and split at the end. Furthermore, even though initial growth of the nail looks good, once it grows beyond a millimeter past the end of the toe, the same chipping and uneven process begins again—meaning you need to keep your toenails quite short to keep them looking good.
There are many different causes for brittle toenails, but the specific condition onychorrhexis refers to an ailment that causes lengthwise ridges on the surface of the nail.
Symptoms of include reduced strength in the toenail, easy breakage, toenails that may be thicker due to an abnormal production of keratin, toenails that are dry and crumble, color changes in the toenail, white spots appearing on the nail bed, and ridges that form on the nail bed.
As previously mentioned, there are a variety of causes for brittle toenails, some more serious than others. Causes include:
Uncovering the cause will help your doctor determine what mode of treatment will be most successful in treating your brittle toenails.
Treatments can either target the nail specifically or address the underlying cause. For example, treating hormonal dysfunction, vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, reducing your exposure to chemical and harsh products, and treating other medical conditions can go a long way in improving the appearance of brittle toenails.
Your doctor may also be able to prescribe you medication or topical creams to treat fungal or other infections that may be contributing to brittle toenails.
It takes up to six months for a new nail to grow, so changes are unfortunately not seen overnight. Don’t stress out when you don’t see changes right away. Having patience and watching the changes occur slowly is your best tactic. If there are no results after six month, you may need to change up your treatment method.
Home remedies can go a long way in aiding the treatment and easing the appearance of unsightly nails. Home remedies for brittle toenails include:
By following these tips, you can have greater success in treating your brittle toenails at home. Soon enough, you will be back to showing off your toes, as you’ll no longer be embarrassed or plagued by brittle and unsightly toenails.