Nail Problems 101
4 Common Nail Disorders
While easy nail designs are fun too show off, hands that are less than perfect may not be. In fact, you may be painting your nails with easy nail designs to hide or cover up an underlying nail disorder or abnormality. Below are four explanations behind common nail disorders.
- Breaking and Peeling Often caused by of exposure to detergents and household products. The culprit may also be damp gloves that are frequently used while cleaning with these products. Using oil specifically for nails can help the problem.
- Yellow nails Often caused by extended use of antibiotics, chemicals and dyes in certain household products and constantly wearing nail polish without a base coat. Use dry gloves to protect nails from household cleaners. Give nails a break from nail polish every so often to provide oxygen to the nails.
- Hangnails Often caused by dryness, nail biting or cutting the cuticle. Eat foods high in calcium, Vitamin B and iron and increase water intake. Never pull a hangnail
- White spots and flecks Often caused by pressure or trauma to the nail bed. White spots grow out in several months. Can also occur due to poor diet resulting in a vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Breaking, peeling, spotting and yellowing of nails are common nail disorders. However, there are more serious nail problems, such as nail fungus and infections. A doctor may be able to diagnose the problem and provide you with the proper treatment or medication to resolve the issue.