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Flaking Nails

Other than frequent wetting and dry weather conditions, there are several causes that lead to flaking nails. Here is some help...
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Jan 23, 2019
As the nails are exposed to water, harsh soaps, and other chemicals, they become prone to weakness, infections, and several other problems. And the result is unwanted changes in the texture and color of the nails. Yellow nails in association with peeling and chipping nails are common signs that many individuals experience.

Why Do Nails Flake?

Just like the skin, examining the nail color and texture reveals a lot about the general health of a person. If you are worried about discolored or yellow peeling nails, first, try to identify the probable causes behind these symptoms. The point is, you can minimize the factors that take a toll on the fingernails or toenails.
Following are some of the most common causes for flaking nails, that will help you in identifying the triggering factors in your case.
  • Dry and extreme cold winter conditions are some causes of weak nails and excess drying of the nail plates. These in turn increase the risk for separation of nail layers and peeling of nails.
  • Believe it or not, frequent exposure to water is also a leading cause for peeling and chipping of the nails.
  • Deficiency of vitamin B, biotin, calcium, and some trace minerals is found to be another reason. Hence, people who follow a poor diet often report nail peeling along with skin and hair symptoms.
  • Some prescribed medications disturb the nutrient balance of the body, which may trigger increased nail dryness and chipping.
  • Direct handling of house cleaning agents and pesticides is another probable cause for skin irritation and nail chipping. Never make the mistake of using chemical-based products without wearing hand gloves.
  • While using nail treatment products, strengthener or nail polish, make sure that they are safe and reliable. A simple trick is to check for the ingredients first before using them.
  • In addition, infection by nail fungus results in thickening of the nails, accumulation of debris under the nail bed, and peeling of the nails. Also, yeast infections, psoriasis, and skin problems negatively affect the nails.

Treatment Options

While peeling nails look unhygienic and dirty, you can do a lot of things to improve the nail texture. In fact, the treatment steps depend on the causative factors. Say for example, if dry weather is a triggering factor, rubbing the nails with a moisturizing cream will do wonders for softening the nail plates.
Likewise, for women who frequently wet their nails and use detergents, a simple solution is wearing hand gloves while doing house cleaning, washing, and similar chores.
For any type of health problem, following a well-balanced diet with ample amounts of fruits and vegetables is a must. The same is with flaking and/or discolored nails that are caused due to nutrient deficiency. Also, drink lots of water to reduce any dryness effect.
In case, yellowish coloration and peeling are exhibited as signs of onychomycosis, soaking the nails in vinegar and dilute hydrogen peroxide, along with proper nail care will get rid of the causal microbes.
Last but not the least, reduce the use of chemicals for nail decoration or treatment as far as possible. Though flaking nails is not a serious condition, why let your nails peel or discolor.