Brittle nails are soft and thin and can split or break easily. It can cause discomfort and embarrassment. There are many health problems that can cause brittle nails.
It can be treated with changes to lifestyle habits and proper nail care. Some people turn to natural therapies to help strengthen their nails.
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Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse.
Herbs and Supplements
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Last reviewed November 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board
Eric Hurwitz, DC
Last Updated: 5/26/2020