Supplements for nails


i have finished chemo and have one more Herceptin injection to have and I would like to find out if I can take a supplement called Hair, Skin and Nails as my finger nails are in a very poor condition, they are splitting and have become sore in places. I am using cuticle oil, nail strengthening cream and have just brought CND Rescue Rxx which is supposed to restore moisture to the damaged nails.

hope someone can advise, Valerie 

Hi Valerie  

Thank you for your post.  

It is understandable that you are seeking information about caring for your nails after completing chemotherapy and waiting for one more Herceptin injection.   

Nail changes are very common during chemotherapy and many people find it uncomfortable and upsetting if their nails start to split and get sore.  

Many people ask about supplements. There is often the belief that they are considered natural.  However, supplements don’t have to comply with the same regulations or rigorous testing that conventional medicines do. There is much we don’t know about supplements. For many products there is a lack of research to support their use, and some can interfere with conventional medicines including cancer treatments. 

You may wish to contact your treatment team, breast care nurse or pharmacist for further advice about managing your nails and the safety of taking the Hair, Skin and Nails supplement.   

You may wish to post on the wider Forum to get tips and connect with others who have experienced this. Some have found Mavala nail care helpful. 

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