My fingernails were very strong and long for the first 50 years of my life, people assumed they were acrylic when I had a manicure. I could go 5 years without a single one breaking or chipping.
My toenails were ugly, thick and yellow. About 3 years ago I went to a podiatrist and we tried a few things, cutting them short, appearex (biotin), some sort of prescription nail lacquer and then finally lamisil. The lamisil did the trick, all but two of my toenails cleared up and look good.
1. Could the lamisil have made my fingernails thin? If they get about 1/8 inch long (past the free edge) they eventually break. I can bend them down toward the inside when they get that long. OUCH.
2. The ring fingernail on my right hand is my worst problem. It is thin and has vertical ridges and has a split in the middle of the nail 1/4 inch long from the free edge down to the cuticle. Everytime I think it's grown out, I snag it on something and it splits again. It doesn't hurt anymore (at first it hurt a lot) but it snags on everything (hair, sweaters, etc).
I take a lot of vitimans now and have been taking biotin again for about 6 months. My nails are still thin. What can I do to make them thicker? How can I protect this split fingernail until it grows out? Or will it always be split like this?
Many thanks for all of your help!