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7 reasons for peeling fingers around the nails

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Healthy fingers(BellaNaija)

Does the skin near your fingernails peel off, hurt and even bleed after doing the dishes or laundry? This condition can be quite frustrating because at times the pain can’t let you do chores that involve water. Which is quite impossible because you can’t avoid water the whole day.

Prevention is better than cure, so they say. But how can you prevent something if you do not know the cause? You can’t. So, knowing what makes your fingers peel is the first step to protect them from it. Some of the causes of peeling skin next to your fingers include:

1. Vitamin B3 deficiency


Also known as Niacin, Vitamin B3 is crucial for the health of your skin. A deficiency in Niacin leads to a condition known as Pellagra. The symptoms of pellagra include a dry and cracked skin which may also bleed. However, you can eat foods that are rich in Niacin such as tuna, green peas, turkey, spinach, broccoli, Salmon among others.

2. Vitamin B7 deficiency

If your body lacks Biotin (Vitamin B7), your skin also gets dry and scaly making it more prone to peeling and bleeding. Good thing is that foods rich in Biotin are plenty. You can eat carrots, bananas, avocados, eggs, salmon and goat milk.

3. Vitamin A


By now, you must have heard that Vitamin A is good for your skin. What you have probably not heard is that too much of it is also not good for your skin. It makes the skin peel especially around the nails. However, it’s almost impossible to get an overdose of vitamin A from food alone.

4. Hash chemical products

Your lotion, moisturizer, soaps, and other detergents can also make the skin near your fingernails peel. If they are too harsh, try changing them and see how your skin reacts.

5. Frequent hand washing

Excessive use of soap irritates the skin leading to peeling. Instead of doing laundry every day, try washing at least three times a week to avoid hurting your skin.


6. Calcium deficiency

Calcium is not only good for your bones and teeth but also for your skin. Dry skin is a characteristic of calcium deficiency.

7. Fungal infections

Just like any other part of your body, your fingers can get fungal infections making them peel. If the cause of your peeling fingers is a fungus, you may need to see a doctor.


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