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How is onycholysis related to thyroid disease?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner
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Thyroid disease tends to cause and aggravate onycholysis. If the thyroid is either underworked or (more commonly) if it is overworked, it is possible that your nails will become very brittle and frail or begin to peel away from the skin. This is why your doctor will often check for thyroid malfunction if you have onycholysis.

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