Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Brittle Nails Treatment

Treatment for brittle nails focuses on preventing exposure to chemicals that can damage the nails and providing moisture to the nails. Moisturizing lotions or creams help to reduce the lost of moisture. The best time to apply these products is after bathing, when the nails are moist. Biotin, one of the B vitamins, may also improve the structure of the nail.

Treatment for brittle nails may include:

  • Vitamin B supplements
  • Avoid exposure to household chemicals.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion or cream

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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