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How is onychoschizia (nail splitting) treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Treatments for onychoschizia (nail splitting) usually start with careful manicuring techniques, such as buffing nails in a vertical direction as opposed to horizontally and gently filing nails to round them when snags and splits occur. Avoiding excessive water exposure by wearing gloves when doing chores can also help minimize nail brittleness. Doctors may also recommend taking a supplement of the B vitamin biotin, which has been shown to improve brittle nails in many people.
Usually, onychoschizia can be treated simply through better nail care. This includes keeping a healthy moisture level for your nails, protecting your nails from chemicals, using nail-strengthening polishes and products, and being gentler with your nails while filing or buffing. Additionally, if your onychoschizia is being caused by an underlying condition, be sure to treat the condition as indicated by your doctor.

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