What does a crack in your toenail mean?

Why is my big toenail splitting?

Split nails are common. They can affect both fingernails and toenails and are usually the result of physical trauma, such as an object crushing them. However, wear and tear, as well as nutrient deficiencies, are also potential causes. In some cases, a person can take preventive measures to avoid splitting their nails.

How do you treat cracked toenails?

A lotion with lanolin or alpha-hydroxy acid may soothe your nail area. Some people use a layer of clear nail polish to protect cracked nails. To prevent more splits, wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when your hands are in water. Gently file down any nail snags or uneven edges so they don’t lead to more cracks.

Why does my big toenail cracked horizontally?

Horizontal nail splitting may occur along with onychorrhexis, with longitudinal ridging or splitting as well. Horizontal splits at the origin of the nail plate may be seen in people with psoriasis or lichen planus or in people who use oral medications made from vitamin A.

Will a cracked toenail heal itself?

After a nail separates from the nail bed for whatever reason, it will not reattach. A new nail will have to grow back in its place. Nails grow back slowly. It takes about 6 months for a fingernail and up to 18 months for a toenail to grow back.

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Will a split toenail grow out?

This depends on how severe the split nail is. If it is extensive, getting close to or all the way to the nail bed, then it isn’t possible. That’s when you need to visit your doctor. If you have minor nail splitting, as long as you take better care of your nails, then as they grow, they will heal and be healthy again.

What causes toenails to crack vertically?

Why are my toenails splitting vertically? Toenails becoming weaker and splitting is a more common occurrence as you age. A sign of this is ridges or depressions in your nails, which can in turn lead to split nails. So, in older individuals nails brittleness can be expected.

Will a split nail grow back together?

After a nail separates from the nail bed for whatever reason, it will not reattach. A new nail will have to grow back in its place. Nails grow back slowly. It takes about 6 months for a fingernail and up to 18 months for a toenail to grow back.

What is a double toenail?

Double toenails are most likely the initial form of a hexadactyly (a sixth finger or toe). It is a recessive feature, so it may skip a few generations.