How to Diagnose & Treat Spooning Nails

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

You will need

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

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.

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.