Symptoms of Dryness

5 Tips for Dry and Brittle Nails

Posted on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Brittle nails are characterized by hardness, peeling, crumbling, fissures, excess longitudinal ridges or lack of flexibility of the finger and toe nails. This sometimes causes pain and interferes with normal daily activities.

Many different dermatologic conditions including some autoimmune disorders, infections, dryness and certain medications can affect the nails.

Here are some tips to help:

  1. Keep the nails short. This prevents the nails from catching on things or acting as a lever and causing further damage.
  2. Protect the nails when performing wet work (like washing dishes) by using rubber gloves and cotton glove liners.
  3. Avoid excess contact with water or chemicals (including nail polish remover) which can cause dryness.
  4. Use moisturizer on your nails multiple times per day and reapply the moisturizer after your hands come in contact with water. You can use the same moisturizer used for your dry skin.
  5. Steer clear of cosmetic products such as artificial nails and nail wraps which can cause damage.

Talk to your Dermatologist:

Nails pic 2  * If your dermatologist approves, try a course of biotin for your have brittle nails.
 
  * If you're diagnosed with a fungal infection of your nails, your dermatologist can discuss a variety of treatment options which are available.

Are your Dry & Brittle Nails associated with Sjögren’s? Do you also have Dry Eyes, Joint Pain or Fatigue? Click here to learn more

The SSF thanks Adam I. Rubin, MD for authoring these tips. Dr. Rubin is Director of the Nail Practice & Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Perleman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Topics: Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes, Symptoms, Sjogren's, Joint Pain, Fatigue, Treatment, Dry Skin, Top 5 Tips, Dry Nails, Makeup Tips

Top 5 Tips for Dry Skin

Posted on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Your dermatologist can be your best ally and may be able to give you samples of products
to try, but here are some basic dry skin survival tips that may help:

  1. Dry SkinUse gloves when you are using strong soaps or chemicals to clean. One way to get in the habit is to keep a pair of gloves in several areas, i.e. kitchen, bathroom, garage.
     
  2. Terry robes will dry you gently. Or after the shower, let yourself dry naturally since the moisture from the water will be absorbed by your skin.
     
  3. Use warm, not hot, water for bathing and use soap sparingly (shampoo might also be drying to the rest of your body in the shower). 
     
  4. After bathing, apply lotion as soon as possible to seal in moisture.
     
  5. Use a humidifier, especially if you have forced-heat which is especially drying. 
Is your Dry Skin associated with Sjögren’s? Do you also have Dry Eyes, Dry Mouth, Joint Pain or Fatigue? Click here to learn more

Topics: Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes, Symptoms, Sjogren's, Joint Pain, Fatigue, Dry Skin

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