Management of simple brittle nails

Dermatol Ther. 2012 Nov-Dec;25(6):569-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1529-8019.2012.01518.x.


Brittle nails are characterized by roughness of the surface of the nail plate, fragility, and peeling. This is a condition that is seen commonly in elderly individuals, and it is associated mostly with an abnormality of keratin, keratin associated proteins, water, and/or lipid content. It is idiopathic in the majority of the cases, but there are some dermatological and systemic diseases that can be associated with brittle nails. Treatment is a challenge for the clinician, in some case, can be difficult, and certainly needs strong cooperation of the patient.

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Beauty Culture
  • Diet
  • Humans
  • Nail Diseases / classification
  • Nail Diseases / etiology
  • Nail Diseases / therapy*
  • Nails / anatomy & histology
  • Nails, Malformed / classification
  • Nails, Malformed / etiology
  • Nails, Malformed / therapy*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Time Factors
  • Water


  • Water