Nail problems aren't usually caused by anything serious. Common nail problems include brittle, loose nails that may change colour or shape.
It's normal for nails to:
Fingernails that fall off after an injury should grow back within 6 months. Toenails can take up to 18 months.
There are some things you can do to help with common nail problems.
Some GPs may be able to refer you for podiatry. You can also pay to see a podiatrist privately.
Most nail problems are caused by:
Nail problems can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious or long-term condition, such as:
But don't self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Some medicines can also cause nail problems. Check the side effects of any medicine you're taking.