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Hi there. Is there any redness or rash on your fingertips? Are you taking any supplements?
Do your fingertips itch? Do you have any history of eczema?
Several things can cause the cuticles to recede. If you had a vitamin deficiency or anemia, you would need blood tests to document it and provide a rationale for treatment. Otherwise, it can be caused by eczema. This typically responds well to the cream form of prednisone, such as hydrocortisone (which is available over the counter), though this can take several weeks to see improvement. It is important with eczema to avoid hot water and drying soaps as well. Another consideration would be a fungal infection which should improve with clotrimazole or miconazole cream used twice daily. These creams also may take several weeks to help. so patience is a key ingredient. :-)
Hi. Do you eat a balanced diet...fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, some meat? If so, you should be getting all the nutrients you need, and your diet should not be a factor. That said, there are some not too common conditions such as pernicious anemia or pancreatic insufficiency or celiac disease, etc that can affect one's ability to absorb nutrients even in the presence of a normal diet. Your GP can test for these things (eg. B12 level, MMA, intrinsic factor antibodies, parietal cell antibodies, lipase, amylase, antigliadin antibodies). He or she might also want to check your cell counts (CBC), your vitamin D levels and your inflammatory markers (ESR, CRP). If he or she cannot determine the cause and is concerned for any reason, a dermatology evaluation can be arranged. They are the experts in this area.
You're welcome. Work on balancing out your diet and see if this helps. Consider taking a multivitamin with iron daily just to make sure you are getting the minimum of vitamins and minerals. Then see your doctor if things do not improve.
Hope all works out for the best for you!