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Skin above nails peeling. Vit. deficiency?

Discussion in 'Skeleton, Skin, Muscles, Hair, Teeth, and Nails' started by Ocean, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. Ocean

    Ocean Senior Member

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    Recently the skin above my nails/cuticles (several millimeters or more above) has started peeling. This used to happen to me when I was a kid too. I'm assuming it's related to a vitamin deficiency. Anyone have an idea which one? I looked online but didn't find anything definite.
  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Wow, that's happening to me at the moment - the skin just a few mm above my nails (but not the cuticles) is ragged. I have been trying a vegan diet for three weeks and have been back to my usual diet for the last couple of days. Don't know if that's relevant.
  3. Ocean

    Ocean Senior Member

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    I have a diet that while not vegan is similar to vegan in many ways. No eggs, meat or dairy. On rare occasions I do have some dairy or the occasional egg in a baked product. No meat at all ever. I do eat fish. But I've had this diet for a while so I'm not sure what might be different now. I wonder if some of the vitamins I'm taking are causing deficiency in other vitamins. I did also take a break from some of my vitamins for about a week, I'm not sure if that could have anything to do with it. Hopefully someone has an idea!
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    SaraM Senior Member

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    Mine was due to vitamin B deficiency . I needed high doses of all B's except folate and B6.
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    hurtingallthetimet Senior Member

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    hello ocean hope you are doing great...my nails do that from time to time....they stay very brittle also...very thin...been told it was from some kind of vitiamin defincy but i dont remember what...i think theres nail polish you can buy to help strengten them though..
  6. Ocean

    Ocean Senior Member

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    Yes mine are brittle and thin too Hurtingallthetime. Only calcium and sometimes vit. D has helped with that but I've had trouble tolerating calcium. Sara I'm planning to start adding B vits. so hopefully that will help if that's my issue too. Thanks.
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    ukxmrv Senior Member

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    When I was on the MAF314 my nails grew back to their pre-ME lovely, long and strong level. Lasted for a few months. I've just finished my first month of the MAF878 and nails are brittle, peeling and broken. Some have peeling above the cuticle again.
  8. Ocean

    Ocean Senior Member

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    Do you know what aspect of that treatment might have caused the change?
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    Sorry Ocean, not a clue. The other time my nails grew long and strong was when I took the steroid Predislone (sp?)

    With the MAF314 I thought it might just be the extra dairy products but it was strange that I hadn't noticed it when I took ordinary probiotic yoghurts previous to that. Maybe if I keep taking the MAF878 the same things will happen? Wonder if it is Vit D related but really don't know.
  10. Ocean

    Ocean Senior Member

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    That's interesting, maybe it is the calcium from the dairy. Because my nails got much stronger even with just a little occasional calcium. It didn't last though since I didn't continue the calcium.
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    Ema Senior Member

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    Silica can be good for nails.

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