The German magazine "Jolie" reported that nail cracks are more than just an aesthetic problem;

As it may indicate health problems as well.

The following are the pathological causes that may lead to cracked nails:

  • Fluid deficiency or malnutrition, particularly iron deficiency.

  • Aging, longitudinal cracks are one of the natural manifestations of aging.

  • Longitudinal cracks may be due to blood flow disorders or rheumatism.

  • Occasional cracks may portend psoriasis, neurodermatitis, metabolic disorders, thyroid disorders, hormonal disorders, and stomach and intestinal problems.

  • Accidental cracks may be a side effect of some medications such as antibiotics and cancer drugs.

In any case, a doctor should be consulted to determine the real reason behind the appearance of cracks in the nails in order to undergo treatment in a timely manner, especially if the cracks in the nails are accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • hair loss

  • fever.

  • Constant fatigue.

  • General feeling of weakness.

healthy nutrition

In general, healthy and strong nails can be enjoyed by adequately drinking fluids at a rate of at least one and a half liters per day, with a healthy diet based on a balance between proteins, dietary fibers, carbohydrates and fats.

It is important that the diet is rich in vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc, iodine, selenium, vitamin A and vitamin B7 (biotin).

In addition, exercise and motor activities should be practiced regularly, while quitting smoking.

Proper care

In addition to healthy nutrition, proper care also plays an important role in dealing with cracked nails, as nail hardeners should be used to strengthen their structure and prevent cracking or brittleness.

Nails should also be taken care of by a cooler that preserves them, and they must be moisturized with nail oil or hand cream, in order to prevent them from drying out and then cracking.