Split nails: How is it managed?

Split nails are a condition that develops if the nail bed is broken and separated. The nails might become breakable and lax.

It provides the nails with an unattractive form and it is required to allow the nails to grow back to improve its appearance. While dealing with the root of the damaged nails, apply clear nail polish or even glue specifically for nails to secure the nail in place. The individual should consult a doctor if worried about the damaged nails.

Steps in caring for split nails

  • Limit exposure to water. Extended exposure with water is the usual reason why split nails develop. It is also vital to avoid taking extended soaks in the tub and bathing in lukewarm water to lessen the loss of moisture in the nails.
  • Use gloves when cleaning or exposing the hands to any strong chemicals. Select gloves that are lined with cotton to protect the nails.

    Use gloves when cleaning or exposing the hands to any strong chemicals.

  • Lessen the amount of nail polish remover used on the nails. It is important to note that the strong chemicals present in nail polish removers can make the nails thin and weaken which puts them at higher risk for breaking leading to split nails. It is recommended to use a nail polish remover not more than twice in a month. When using one, opt for a variant that is free from acetone.
  • Make sure that the nails are properly moisturized by using a hand cream. You can seal in the moisture as well as toughen the nails by applying a hand cream after cleaning the hands. The hand cream used should contain lanolin or alpha hydroxy acids.
  • The nails should be properly filed down. Simply round the tips of the fingernails using a nail file to prevent the split nails.
  • The individual should use a vitamin supplement. Remember that nutritional deficiencies can lead to the breakage of fingernails and eventually split. Biotin can be taken daily to prevent brittleness and split nails.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on split nails is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to properly care for split nails, register for a first aid and CPR course with Kelowna First Aid.