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Treating Weak or Brittle Nails

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Home treatment may help repair weak, brittle, or splitting nails:

  • Wear disposable plastic gloves or rubber gloves with cotton liners to protect your hands from water or chemicals.
  • Apply moisturizing lotion directly to your nail.
  • Apply a moisturizer at bedtime and cover with a white cotton glove or sock.
  • Apply nail polish to slow the evaporation of water from your nail. Do not remove and reapply it more than once a week. Nail polish remover may increase splitting and breaking if used too often.
  • Do not use nail lacquers, polishes, or adhesives if you think your nail problem could be caused by one of these substances.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised October 7, 2012

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