Nail Care

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Spoon Nails

Spoon nails, or Koilonychia, is a condition where the nails become flat or concave. The nails can also be thin, brittle and soft. If the spoon nails resolve in a few months, then no treatment would be needed. If the concavity of the nails persist, however, then it is important to see a doctor.

Symptoms of Spoon Nails:

Spoon nails are marked by concavity or flatness of the nails. The nails may be dry, thin or soft. In a situation where the nail is concaved, you may also experience cracking or splitting.

Causes of Spoon Nails:

Spoon nails are mostly caused due to iron deficiency, or anemia. Spoon nails can also be caused by the following reasons:

  • Picking/biting of the nails
  • Nail trauma
  • Hereditary predisposition
  • Fungus
  • Other health problems such as cardiorespiratory issues

Treatment of Spoon Nails:

Spoon nail treatment depends on the cause of the problem.  As the spoon nails can be an indication of underlying health problem, it is important to consult a doctor. Your doctor would conduct medical tests to diagnose the problem behind the spoon nails. In case of anemia, simple iron supplements can solve the problem.

If the spoon nails are caused by nail trauma, the pitting would go away after a few months.

For temporary relief, you can apply topical creams to alleviate the dryness of the nails. Remember, though, that it’s important to consult your doctor for quick diagnosis and treatment.

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