Brittle fingernails can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose brittle fingernails, we could:
|Vitamin A Need||12%||Unlikely|
|Biotin Need||5%||Ruled out|
|Anorexia/Starvation Tendency||2%||Ruled out|
|Fungal Infection||0%||Ruled out|
Are your fingernails brittle - do they chip, peel or break easily?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
Thyroid diseases may produce brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate.
A deficiency of essential nutrients and minerals such as iron, zinc, vitamins and calcium can cause the nails to become weak.
Over time, the protein loss occurring in nephrotic syndrome will result in a generally malnourished state, causing hair and nails become brittle.