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how do I stop my thumb nail from splitting vertically? What

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how do I stop my thumb nail from splitting vertically? What can I put on my nails to protect them? I don't use polish.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 4 years ago.

Dr Brims :

Hello, welcome to Justanswer, I will try to assist you with your medical question, and any medical information you seek

Dr Brims :

I'm sorry to hear about this, have you had any tests?

Dr Brims :

Are you there?

Customer:
Dr Brims :

I cannot see your last reply

Customer:
Dr Brims :

You keep entering and exiting the chat session, and I can't see your previous replies

Customer:

yes I'm here but I don't see any instruction for replying. How do I send my response?

Dr Brims :

I just saw your last reply, just type in the box and click the reply button

Dr Brims :

Are you there?have you had any tests?

Dr Brims :

Have you had any tests?

Customer:

tests for what?

Dr Brims :

Tests for underlying conditions that may cause your nails to split

Customer:

be more specific--what test should I have


 

Dr Brims :

Thyroid function tests for hypothyroidism and a complete blood count to detect possible iron deficiency anemia

Dr Brims :

Are you there?

Customer:

yes and everything is normal; so can you recommend a protective clear polish?

Customer:

are you there?

Dr Brims :

  • Soaking the nails in water daily should help, 15 minutes at a time, to increase the water content (hydration) of the nails.

  • Applying moisturizers, such as petroleum jelly to improve nail hydration.

  • Acrylate-containing hardeners are usually also effective, and you may purchase them over the counter


 

Dr Brims :

I was asking if you were there because it took a long time to respond

Customer:

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX your suggestions. I was taking so long because I'm not too sharp on the computer and I couldn't figure out how to send my response. Why does vasoline improve hydration?


 

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I find this process confusing. I thank you for your suggestions but I won't know if they're going to be helpful until I try them. I assume I will find the one time $18 charge on my Visa bill. Thank you for your time.
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 4 years ago.
You're very welcome
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I have respnded three times and wish you woud stop emailing me. Since the treatment that was recommended will take some time for results and there is no icon for "so far, no results, I'm writing my reply. Please do not ask me again.
Expert:  Dr. Brims replied 4 years ago.
I apologize, I did not try to contact you, maybe the system sent you a message, if it did I am sorry