What Are Brittle Nails?

Menopause can bring about various changes in a woman’s body, and one of the less commonly discussed symptoms is burning tongue or a sensation of burning in the mouth. This uncomfortable symptom can be attributed to hormonal changes that occur during menopause. While not experienced by all women, some menopausal women may encounter burning tongue, which can lead to oral discomfort and altered taste sensations.

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What causes Brittle Nails?

Estrogen, a key hormone that fluctuates during menopause, plays a vital role in maintaining the overall health of nails. It helps promote blood flow to the nail beds, ensuring adequate nutrient supply for proper growth and strength. Estrogen also influences the production of keratin, a protein that constitutes the structural foundation of nails.

As estrogen levels decline, the reduced blood flow to the nail beds can lead to a decrease in the delivery of essential nutrients, causing nails to become dry and brittle. Moreover, the decrease in keratin production may weaken the nails, making them more susceptible to breakage and damage.

Other factors, such as lifestyle habits, nutritional deficiencies, and exposure to environmental stressors, can also contribute to brittle nails during menopause.

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Remedies for Brittle Nails

Regularly trim your nails to prevent further damage and breakage.

Apply moisturizing creams or oils to your nails and cuticles to keep them hydrated and prevent dryness.

Refrain from using harsh nail products, such as acetone-based nail polish removers, as they can further dry out your nails.

Consider using nail strengtheners or nail polishes that contain nourishing ingredients like biotin and keratin.

Protect your nails from exposure to harsh chemicals or excessive water by wearing gloves when performing household chores or gardening.

Consume a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals that support nail health, such as biotin, vitamin E, and zinc.

Drink plenty of water to maintain overall hydration, benefiting not just your nails but your entire body.

Resist the urge to bite or pick at your nails, as this can cause further damage.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) may help balance hormone levels, including estrogen, which can positively impact nail health and reduce brittleness.

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