Dry brittle fingernails and what to do

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by charming, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. charming

    charming New Member

    Hello just recent I notice dry brittle fingernails and my doctor told me to take iron for it .but what is other suggestions could help.And does anyone have the same problem and would like to share them with me?
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  2. spiritsky

    spiritsky Member

    was causing my fingernails to crack...copper is need to creat collagen and elastin among other things. Now I'm fine with extra copper. But I did a hair mineral analysis to find out where I was deficient. Copper turns out to be my big problem.

    I'm not sure what iron has to do with fingernails?
  3. dannybex

    dannybex Member

    ...is a surprising but good recommendation, especially if he's done blood work to show your iron or your hemoglobin/hematocrit levels are low. Google "iron deficiency" and "nails" and it will show up as a symptom.

    Also calcium, copper (as mentioned) and zinc could be helpful.

    And finally, omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids...I've been increasing these the past few months and my toenails are nearly as dry and ridged and cracked as before.

    Hope this helps,

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  4. Rockismom

    Rockismom New Member


    I thought is was because I used so much hand sanitizer but I use lots ans lots of lotion on my hands and fingertips and it still does not help.
    Looking forward to seeing other' responses. Good question!