Splitting Nails

Splitting nails can occur where there are red streaks and ridges

Splitting nails can occur where there are red streaks and ridges.

6/26/2020 ~ The picture above shows ridges on my bending fingernail to the left and on my splitting nail in the middle. Ridges, bending, and splitting can be related.

Sadly, the camera angle that shows texture doesn’t show color equally well. If it did, you would see that the split is at the end of a red/taupe streak and ridge. Also, neither picture shows that the split is a bit ragged, so that it catches on fabric.

While I’ve had ridges and red/taupe streaks for years, splitting is recent, as is worsening of my heart/lung problems, the apparent root causes of my bending fingernail. (In terms of context, recently there was a sewer backup that left me with increased breathing and equilibrium difficulties.)

To understand the split, it helps to know that a fingernail ridge over a red streak is thinner than the rest of the nail due to vascular swelling from abnormal red blood cells pushing up against the nail.

transverse view of a red streak

Transverse view of a red streak

6/27/2020 ~ I failed to record when the splitting began, so I don’t know if changes in my diet played  a part. They certainly may have.

For one thing, I was using a huge amount of vitamin C to combat swelling, redness, rash, and itching that began after a sewer backup was bubbling under my kitchen sink and splashing, for 6 weeks before anything was done.

I used so much Vitamin C that it caused diarrhea. When I’d stop using vitamin C for a few days, the diarrhea would go away, but the itching, etc. would return with a vengeance.

Previously I used vitamin C for ongoing health, to control a decade old dental infection, and to reduce cataracts. Each time I stopped using vitamin C, swelling from the dental infection returned and if I didn’t immediately use vitamin C, pain struck.

The cataracts were less rapid to react, most likely because cataract cloudiness is from relatively hard plaque. Right now I have cloudy vision that I didn’t have when I was using daily, small doses of vitamin C.

The dental infection reaction to vitamin C, vs. the cataract reaction, together with what I’ve learned about good bacteria, provided  insight into vitamin C.

You see, by chance I happened upon an interview with Dr. Gundry talking about the gut lining and how good bacteria like Akkermansia muciniphilia protect it, and us. I thought if I ordered his formula, I’d get Akkermansi, but no.

To expand my understanding I read about different bacteria, vitamin B12, and immunity. From there I began eating yogurt every day, for the colonies of good bacteria.

Yogurt’s effects

I’m loath to think yogurt is related to the splitting. Yet, I think it is, in a roundabout way.

You see, at the very bottom of my bending fingernail the ridges appear to be going away, which would be good. Plus, I’m less often halted in what I’m doing by needing to stop to breathe, and, there are no dental infection symptoms.

The improvements made large doses of vitamin C seem unnecessary, so I stopped using them and rejoiced that I was no longer risking diarrhea.

Happiness! Until, that is, I noticed that my cataracts were having a relapse.

Vitamin C remains necessary

Apparently I need to keep using the amount of vitamin C it takes to keep cataracts from impairing my vision. (Don’t look at very bright lights, that’s what caused my cataracts.)

I may have to use a certain amount of vitamin C to avoid red streaks, as well.

Early on, when I had red streaks and Tetanus, vitamin C got rid of the red streaks which I understood to be from infection, rather than enlarged red blood cells from inadequate levels of vitamin B12.

6/29/2020 ~ I’m curious to see if the next weeks prove that using two grams of vitamin C a day and regularly eating yogurt cures my bending fingernails from COPD (heart/lung problems) and my splitting nails.