Q: "Why are my nails changing as I age?"

A: As you age, you may notice that your fingernails, especially, break much more easily than they used to, and that they grow more slowly as well. Nails also can become thicker, bumpier and yellow over time.

Want to make your nails more nubile? Wear rubber gloves while doing the dishes to prevent further damage from hot water and detergents—and slather on rich hand creams and oils as often as possible.

Aging also makes you more susceptible to onychomycosis, a vexing, unsightly nail fungus that can result in discolored, funky-shaped, abnormally thick nails. Treatments range from topical creams and drops to prescription oral antifungals.

Unfortunately, none of these is guaranteed to cure this stubborn infection permanently and the oral drugs can cause rashes or liver damage in some people. If you have an intractable toe fungus or other noticeable nail changes, such as pitting, dark spots or deep ridges, give your doctor a call. Some nail changes can signal systemic conditions.

Adapted from our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Spring 2015

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 23 Feb 2015

Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015