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Tearing of nails in layers, brittle hair. Suggestions? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 30-May-2013
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Doctor:I am Dr. xxxxxxxx
User:Evening Doctor
Doctor:Likewise here
User:my nails are getting torn as layers.....
User:I dunno what deficiency I have
Doctor:What is your age, gender and occupation?
User:am 23 female and s/w engg by profession
Doctor:Since how long is thsi problem?
Doctor:Do you have any problems with skin and / hair
User:v long time....
User:nope..I XXXXXXX have any allergies and everything is fine..
Doctor:What is your weight?
Doctor:Do you have brittle hair as well?
Doctor:How is your regular periods?
User:yup its cool except for the last month
Doctor:Do you have low hemoglobin?
Doctor:Do you have dandruff?
Doctor:Did you ever test for hemoglobin?
Doctor:Are you with me?
User:sorry for the delay
User:nope i XXXXXXX have dandruff
User:haemoglobin is normal as well
Doctor:Ok imbalanced diet can cause this problem
Doctor:Local fungal infection can also cause this problem
User:but I have this for a very long time
User:I dont care much early days
Doctor:Yes the reasons that I mentioned are for long term
User:I can say I have this from my schooling
Doctor:Ok are they disfiguring
User:the nails break often and it parts of two as layers
Doctor:Are they torn beyond the nail bed
Doctor:Have you used any medication?
Doctor:Did you see a doctor?
User:not for this anytime
User:can it be calcium deficiency?
Doctor:what did you use earlier?
User:i XXXXXXX use any tablets for this
Doctor:Calcium deficiency is unlikey at this age
User:anything that wil cure this?
Doctor:Did you try to put the nails in warm water and apply coconut oil / olive oil once a day
Doctor:I mean moisturizing them well helps if it is just dry nails
User:i do apply oil at times bt nt freq
Doctor:Apply everyday and wear cotton gloves every night at sleep
Doctor:First clean the nails with tepid water
Doctor:and then apply cream / oil
User:thats enuf?
Doctor:Let us first test if this helps
User:for healthy nail
Doctor:We are ruling out the reasons one by one
Doctor:If this does not help in 2 weeks then you need to get evaluation from Dermatologist
User:oh ok..
User:I will try out this first
Doctor:Let me know after 2 weeks
User:ok sure....
User::) thanks a lot for helping me
Doctor:Do not use nail polish for sometime
Doctor:Cut them short
User:i actually have v little nail bcoz of this problem
Doctor:and make sure the nail bed is moisturized well
Doctor:Let us wait
User:ok sure
User:thank you...
User: XXXXXXX u sooon
Doctor:Take care
User:C yu
Doctor:Bye for now
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