Nail Care

Remedies for Cracked Fingernails

Eat a healthy and balanced diet
Eat a healthy and balanced diet

A rich balanced diet can improves the health of your nails. Food items like carrots, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, broccoli, walnuts, tomatoes, Brewer’s yeast, peanuts, egg yolk and soybeans are needed for healthy nails. You can even take biotin supplements as this vitamin helps to prevent fingernail breakage.

 

Keep your body hydrated
Keep your body hydrated

Drink about 8 – 10 glasses of water every day to keep your body and nails hydrated. This can prevent the nails from drying, and the chances of breakage and splitting are reduced.

 

Protect your nails
Protect your nails

Washing your hands often can damage your nails. Excess moisture on the nails can make them fragile and weak, causing cracks and splits. Harsh chemicals present in soaps and detergents also damage the nails. Use a gentle soap with good moisturizing properties, and wear rubber gloves while performing activities like washing clothes or dishes, gardening, etc…

 

Moisturize your nails
Moisturize your nails

Olive oil is the best moisturizer for brittle and damaged nails. Soak the nails in a bowl of olive oil and then massage the nails and fingers with the oil. Petroleum jelly is also a good moisturizer that can repair cracked and damaged nails.

 

Treat the infection
Treat the infection

If the cracked fingernails turn yellow, then the reason for this is fungal infection. Anti-fungal creams are effective in treating this condition. One of the best natural remedies is apple cider vinegar. Applying this on the affected nail helps to fight the fungal infection.

 

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