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Old 05-22-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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OT: Flaking nails - Cause found! pg5
Recently, like within the last 2 months or so, I've notice my nails have been flaking pretty badly. I have to keep them cut really short when previously, I've always had pretty nice nails. They've never been really strong, but I can't remember them being soooo darn prone to flaking ever before!

I haven't really changed my diet recently... well, no, I've been eating healthier, less fat and more well balanced. I don't spend a lot of time washing dishes or anything (it's the kids' chore 4 days out of the week), I haven't taken up any new hobbies that would affect my hands, and I don't feel sick or anything.

I've started taking prenatal vitamins (I'm NOT pregnant, just taking them for the vitamins) within the last week and I'm trying to use a hand and nail cream on my hands everyday. I'm also using gloves now whenever I do have to do dishes or other cleaning.

Any of you smarty-pants have any idea why my nails would suddenly start being so cranky and hard to deal with? They look so icky!
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Old 05-22-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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My nails used to flake and peel when I wore polish. I stopped wearing polish and started taking vitamins and now I have to cut them because they get so long.
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Maybe when you started eating healthier, you cut something out/down that had a good nutrient for your nails? Like milk? Is calcium even good for nails?
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Kristin, have you had artificial nails at any point? I had a set a couple of years ago and had to have my thumb nail (real) surgically removed.. the rest of my nails now peal and are very thin. Some one told me to eat Jello (yuck!) I tried but no improvement. Good luck-please share any remedies that seem to help pretty please.

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I hardly ever wear polish, and have only started wearing it regularly to help prevent the peeling. I'm using "Miracle Cure" by Sally Hansen.

I'm drinking more milk now than I was before. One of the changes I made was that I stopped adding fake creamer to my coffee, I use milk now because it's more natural and has less fat than cream.

And I have haven't had artificial nails in at least 5 years.. maybe more.
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I was thinking maybe you had cut milk out because of the fat, but that's clearly not the case.

That sounds really yucky. I hope you figure it out soon.
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Maybe it's a symptom of a medical problem/condition. It might be a good idea to have your doctor check it out.

Hope you can figure something out!
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Maybe you should see a good nutritionist or naturopath, because maybe due to some changes the calcium stopped absorbing in your body and it won't help taking vitamins, because they will go down the drain. For example, the iron pills i get prescribed from my doctor are made that way that they reduce vitamin E in the system and nobody tells you that, so while trying to fix one problem, i actually created another. So now i eat things containing vitamin E a few hours before or after the iron pills. That could be your case or something similar.
As for the nails - mine are flaking all the time, so i started using nail polish, but really good one. I use Orly bonder, then Orly polish. I tried Sally Hansen - expensive and doesn't work. Now i wear polish all the time, without it i couldn't have my lovely nails.

Hope it'll work out for you
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It sounds like you may have some kind of deficiency in your diet that would cause it...although with eating healthier and taking vitamins I'm not sure how that would happen. Are you getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids...I've read that you can get brittle nails from not having enough. Do you eat salmon or almonds? That might help.
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If it were a medical condition, there would be other symptoms first. That was the first thing I checked into. And I've been to the doctor recently for a full screening and check up and have no issues.

I can't imagine that it's caused by a deficiency though. I'm seriously eating so much better than I used to. Lots of fresh foods, and whatever is processed is minimally processed. I have sushi for lunch at least 2 times a week and hubby and I have sushi for dinner every Wednesday night, so I'm pretty sure I'm getting plenty of Omega-3's.

I know it sounds like it's a mystery thing, but I swear everything is true. I can't figure it out and I thought maybe someone else had some ideas. It's driving me nuts. Its like my nails just decided to go on vacation.

Could it be hormones? I'm going to be 35 in December.
Drier humidity? It's been really dry in Florida this year.
I just don't know.......
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