How to Diagnose & Treat Spooning Nails

Spooning nails is a disorder that affects the texture, shape, color, and thickness of your fingernails and toenails.

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You Will Need

  • Doctor
  • Rubber gloves
  • Emollient
  • Iron supplements (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Look for signs

    Look for nails that are thin, brittle, yellow in color, and have a shape similar to a spoon.

  2. Step 2

    Consult with a doctor

    Consult with a doctor at the first signs. Spooning nails are usually caused by iron-deficiency anemia.

  3. Your doctor may give you an iron supplement to balance the low levels in your system.

  4. Step 3

    Stop biting, picking, and rubbing

    Stop biting, picking, and rubbing your nails for a long period of time, which can also cause spooning nails.

  5. Step 4

    Avoid nail polish and using nails as tools

    Avoid exposure to nail polish. Do not use your nails as tools to poke, pick, or pry things.

  6. Step 5

    Wear gloves

    Wear gloves when you handle detergents, chemicals, or while you wash dishes.

  7. Step 6

    Keep your nails nourished

    Keep your nails nourished by applying an emollient intended especially for nails.

  8. Iron-deficiency anemia can cause extreme fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

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