Brittle Nails

One of the thyroid symptoms that too often goes unrecognized is brittle nails.

Brittle nails may be indicative of hypothyroidism, which can impact the overall shape of the nail and cause it to grow in a flat, spoon-like shape.

Brittle Nails Are One Of Many Thyroid Symptoms

When the thyroid is underactive, the body slows down due to a decrease in thyroid hormones. This causes slow growing, and brittle nails.

Talk to your doctor

The thyroid also controls sweating and less sweat is produced when it is underactive. A natural moisturizer, when sweat is lacking, nails are far more likely to become dry.

If you are experiencing brittle nails, it may be indicative of thyroid symptoms or hypothyroidism. Consult with your doctor and arrange a thyroid test as soon as possible.

Other Thyroid Symptoms

Are you experiencing any of these other common hypothyroidism symptoms?

Other Thyroid Symptoms

Are you experiencing any of these other common hypothyroidism symptoms?

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). HTDS Guide-About Thyroid Disease: Section Summary. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/hanford/htdsweb/guide/thyroid.htm

Harvard Health Publishing. (2014). The lowdown on thyroid slowdown. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-lowdown-on-thyroid-slowdown

Kasumagic-Halilovic, E. (2014). Thyroid Disease and the Skin. Annals of Thyroid Research, 1(2), 23-26. Retrieved from http://austinpublishinggroup.com/thyroid-research/fulltext/thyroids-v1-id1008.php

Kopp S., Ferzli P., Hivnor C., & Heymann W.(2008). Cutaneous Manifestations of Hypothyroidism. In Thyroid Disorders with Cutaneous Manifestations (89-102). Retrieved from https://link-springer-com.libaccess.lib.mcmaster.ca/chapter/10.1007/978-1-84800-187-9_9

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