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My fingernails split into layers, and break easily. What can

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My fingernails split into layers, and break easily. What can I do to correct this problem?

911Doctor : Hello and welcome to JustAnswer,
911Doctor : Have you enquired of your physician?
911Doctor : Have you seen a dermatologist?
911Doctor : Will check back with you shortly?
911Doctor : Hi.

My doctor doesn't take my questions about anything seriously. I didn't think this was a dermatology problem.

911Doctor : It likely is...
911Doctor : How long have you had this problem?

For at least a year, but it is getting much worse!


What causes this problem? Is it a deficiency of some sort?


Excuse me, I'm I going to get anymore information?

911Doctor :

sorry,,, had to get offline to drive a few minutes home...

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are you there?

911Doctor :

biotin may help... a supplement you can get at GNC...

911Doctor :

heres a good site to read...

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911Doctor and other Health Specialists are ready to help you
i'm not sure what a 'typical ER doctor is', but it seems as if i did answer your question, additionally, i referred you to the very page of the mayo clinic site where this problem is discussed and solutions offerred.

I also told you that this might be best looked at by a dermatologist....

here also is a slideshow that can indicate if your nail problem may indicate a more serious underlying condition... it is important to look at these slides and make sure that this is not describing your nails.

best to you and thanks for your business.