Brittle nails refer to nails that are weak, easily breakable, and prone to splitting or peeling. The term can be applied to both fingernails and toenails, but in the context of toe nail conditions, brittle nails may have specific causes.
Several factors can contribute to brittle nails in the toenails:
- Trauma: Injury or trauma to the toenail, such as stubbing the toe or dropping something heavy on it, can cause the nail to become brittle and prone to breakage.
- Fungal infections: Fungal infections, such as onychomycosis, can weaken the toenail structure, leading to increased brittleness.
- Nutritional deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals, such as biotin, iron, zinc, and calcium, can affect nail health and make them more brittle.
- Aging: As we age, the nails, including toenails, tend to become drier and more brittle.
- Excessive moisture or dryness: Prolonged exposure to moisture, such as frequent use of wet footwear or staying in damp environments, can cause the nails to become weak and brittle. On the other hand, overly dry conditions can also contribute to brittle nails.
- Chemical exposure: Frequent or prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals, such as detergents, cleaning solutions, or nail products containing harsh chemicals, can weaken the nails and make them more prone to breakage.
- Underlying health conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, or psoriasis, can affect nail health and contribute to brittleness.
If you are experiencing brittle nails, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options.« Back to Glossary Index