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Brittle Nails Overview

What are brittle nails?
A person with brittle nails has nails that are prone to splitting, cracking or breaking. The most common causes to brittle nails include fungal nail infections and exposure to chemicals.

What are the symptoms of brittle nails?
Symptoms of brittle nails include nails that break, split, and flake easily.

How does the doctor treat brittle nails?
Treatment for brittle nails may include vitamin supplements and increasing gelatin in the diet.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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