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How to Diagnose & Treat Spooning Nails

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


  • Step 1: Look for signs Look for nails that are thin, brittle, yellow in color, and have a shape similar to a spoon.
  • Step 2: Consult with a doctor Consult with a doctor at the first signs. Spooning nails are usually caused by iron-deficiency anemia.
  • TIP: Your doctor may give you an iron supplement to balance the low levels in your system.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 5: Wear gloves Wear gloves when you handle detergents, chemicals, or while you wash dishes.
  • Step 6: Keep your nails nourished Keep your nails nourished by applying an emollient intended especially for nails.
  • FACT: Iron-deficiency anemia can cause extreme fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath.

You Will Need

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

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