Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keep Nails Healthy by Combating Dehydration

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Keep Nails Healthy by Combating Dehydration

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Dear Doctor K: As I have gotten older, my fingernails have become very brittle. They chip, break and split easily. I have also noticed ridges. What can I do?

Dear Reader: Many of my patients notice that their fingernails become thinner, more brittle and fragile with age. Nails may split lengthwise, or separate in thin layers at the tips. The nails may look different as well. They may become yellowed or dull, and many develop thin, vertical ridges.

Brittle nails usually result from dehydration. Your nails may be dehydrated if you live in a dry climate, frequently wash and dry your hands, or if you often use nail polish remover.

Here are some things you can do to keep your nails healthy and combat dehydration:

- Avoid long hot baths or showers.

- Always moisturize your hands after washing and drying them.

- Use a moisturizer on your hands and nails at bedtime.

- Avoid prolonged exposure to cold, dry weather. Wear gloves outdoors. …

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