?Anyone have fingernails that split down the middle?
I have a split straight down the center of both my thumbnails. My right thumbnail looks like it has been folded in half. If you rub your finger over my thumb you can actually feel where the point of the fold is. The split in my thumb nails have been an ongoing problem for 25+ years but its only been 5 years since I first noticed the V-shaped fold. The splits and the v-shape come and go. I have no trauma never been in a car accident, nor broken any bones, I haven't even had a single stitch in my body. It is not heredity in my family so I have to agree it comes from a vitamin definiency. I never go to the doctor and dont take any pills. I drink plenty of water and eat lots of protiens and veggies. Ok I gave TMI, LOL; but maybe it will help someone else with the same problem. Irritating as it is...just be thankful if you dont have a cleft lip, or hearing loss or something much worse. Its just our fingernails. But darn I sure wish they could be prettier. Oh well :-) such as life!
I have a split nail down the middle of my thumb on my left hand, too. I am pretty sure it is because either my former manicurist or I damaged the thumb's nail bed by filing too deep when I wore gel overlays on my nails. I am now trying to grow my nails out naturally with over-the-counter protein nail strengthener. All of the other nails are getting long, but the thumb nail continues to split and snag on hair or anything it can get it's "thumb" onto. I think there's a miniscule section of my nail bed that doesn't grow, thus making the two nail planes weak and easy to break. I would venture that any woman who has had nail overlays and has a split in the nail might have had damage to the nail bed from over filing at the moon.
I watched a video on you tube about repairing a broken nail with a tea bag. When I have time, I am going to glue a section of a tea bag onto the top of my thumbnail to see if that helps since the protein strengtheners are no help.
i have had a split for over 5 years goind down my nail. i am considering getting my nail pulled but now that i've read some other response i'm not so sure.
i was on vacation one year and remember destinctly how odd it was to have a nail split going down the nail.
yes, i can see ridges as well. i have had fake nails cover this nail until it grew out but it split again. it is very annoying to say the least. i can't imagine that there would be no cure for this. i've tried so many things though.
I had the same problem; went to a plastic and reconstructive hand surgeon and he found that I had a cyst on the bone of the first knuckle on the finger. He operated to remove the cyst and told me that it would take 2-3 nail cycles for the split to be gone. He was correct; at about 18 months, I no longer had a split nail. It has been over 15 years and I've had no trouble since.
Everybody wants you to buy something. Dr.'s don't have any answers for us. So I am going to do my own testing. I have a thumb nail that for the past 8 or so years, I continue with the nail spliting from the end toward the moon. No matter how short. Brain storm, I would put a artificial on just that nail and when it grew long enought, I would cut it off. Yea-didn't work. So after reading 100's of post, the two thing that were consistant were moisturizing and Vitamine E.
3/18/2012 Results: Using a product called Signature Club A with Grape Polphenols (a moisturizer on my hands and feet. Rubbing it in nicely and then Using a Vitamine E nail and cuticle oil on toe nails and finger nails including under the nail as far as possible and then heavy socks for the rest of the day.
Resuts: Feet are soft. Don't see a change in thumb nail line down the nail bed. I will check in after a full week of doing the same.
My mom gets this and I made her an oil mix that she rubs on the split nail. As long as she does this every day, or close, the nails don't split.
I used 8 different oils in the mix, but I think the ones that helped the most were rosehip oil and evening primrose oil.
She loved the smell too!