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My finger nails and hands are very dry. The nail have

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My finger nails and hands are very dry. The nail have started spliting and cracking. What can I do to help stop the dryness
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Hanish Babu, MD replied 8 years ago.


The dryness and cracking of the nails can be due to the following causes:

  1. Overexposure to detergents and water
  2. Allergic Contact Dermatitis
  3. Anemia: low iron levels and low intake of balanced diet

Here is what you should do:

  1. Check your Hemoglobin and calcium levels, if low, take iron-folic acid and calcium supplements
  2. Avoid too much washing and exposure to water and detergents. If you must, use cotton lined gloves
  3. Apply a moisturizing cream containing 10 % Urea regularly after washing the hands and before going to sleep.
  4. Drink lots of water and fresh juice
  5. Take a balanced diet

Hope this helps.

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