The gradual separation of your toenails may not be something you notice right away, because it typically does not cause extensive pain. However, toenail separation tends to be a symptom of something else, and effective treatment depends on the cause. Toenail separation can be a sign of toenail fungus, traumatic injury, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, psoriasis, overexposure to ultraviolet light, medication interactions, and the herpes simplex virus.*
With the help of your doctor you can determine the cause of your toenail separation. In the meantime, keep your toenails dry, and wear protective shoes that provide plenty of toe room. You might even try a daily supplement that contains 2.5 mg of biotin, which helps your nails grow to be more resilient.
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