Brittle nails

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Brittle nails

Common part of the aging process. Also may occur in nutritional disturbances and thyroid conditions.

Typically have increased longitudinal ridging, separation of the distal nail plate, roughness (trachyonchia) of nail plate surface, irregularity of distal edge.

Management – rehydration of nail and surrounding tissues (10-20min soaks, followed by application of a moisturiser under occlusion at night)

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