Objective. Brittle nails are a common complaint affecting 20% of the general population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of biotin in the treatment of idiopathic nail brittleness. Methods. Biotin 10 mg/day per os for 3 to 6 months was administered to 20 patients affected by onychoschizia lamellina who had been unresponsive to topical treatments. All the patients were evaluated 3, 6 and 9 months after starting therapy. Results. After 6 months of therapy 17 patients showed a complete clearing of nail fragility. None of our patients experienced side effects. Conclusions. A daily oral dose of 10 mg of biotin provides an effective therapy for patients affected by brittle nails.
|Translated title of the contribution||Biotin in the treatment of idiopathic brittle nails|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1993|
- brittle nails
- onychoschizia lamellina
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