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Old 10-24-2007, 10:51 PM   #1
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Question Brittle, peeling nails - Malnutrition?

I am a 23 year old male that has had unhealthy nails for probably 10 years now...

The top layer of nail peels very easily, creaing white spots on my nails. The white color is caused by the top layer of nail trying to grow back over the bottom layer.

I do pick my cuddicles very very often, as a nervous habbit. It has been almost impossible for me to stop. I know picking cuddicles leads to poor nail health, but I am thinking it may be cause by a vitamin deficiency.

I take Nexium, which may decrease the absorbtion of some or all vitamins..

Any ideas of which vitamins I am lacking? and/or what I can do to help my nail health?

Thank you!!

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Old 10-26-2007, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: Brittle, peeling nails - Malnutrition?

The long-term use of Nexium, as well as other meds intended to decrease stomach acid, can definitely be contributing to your problem. I suggest getting a full vit/min panel run.

Reflux meds can inhiibit the absorbtion of iron and B-vits. Calcium absorbtion can also be inhibited by reflux meds. Its really important to get tested and find out what your levels are before supplementing. If you have too high a level of some nutrients, it can cause more problems than having low levels.

Please keep us posted.

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Re: Brittle, peeling nails - Malnutrition?

get help for always chewing on your cutticles. this can cause an infection!!! and fungus.
I saw actual pictures on a dermatology website of a patient who went in for that problem. it caused big problems. I was amazed this could happen.
I also agree with getting your levels ck'd for any type of deficiency.

"I think" the white spots on nails are signs of the nail bed getting injured.

good luck. keep us updated if you remember to.


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