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NetteW
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Brilliant description, nails like flaky pastry.

I am on Letrozole and have been taking it for about 18 months.

I am now using O-P-I sensitive and peeling NAIL ENVY nail strengthener.

It is working miracles on 6 out of 10 nails and fairly easy to keep up.

You maybe able to use it with the nailoid Buff and shine.

NetteW 

Wendyy
Volunteer

Re: Flaky finger nails

Thank you for the tip!! My order of Nailoid is on its way.
CAS45
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Hi, I have been on Anastrazole since January 2014. My nails are also brittle and split easily. I have found that if I use Nailoid all in one buff, polish and shine they do improve. I got them to grow well earlier this year and I then stopped using the paste. My nails are bad again. You can get the paste from some chemists or on line from Amazon for £5. Going of to do my nails now. X
Matty2
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Oh! Right!

My nails have long ridges down them and are splitting longways - so it's something else to blame on Anastrozole.

I thought it was that I was 'low' after treatments and ops

Still it's a no brainer as far as Anastrozole goes and if they get really bad we can go to a nail bar and have perfect ones for a while.

Keep smiling 

Beryl

Bondgirl
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Hi I took Ananstrozole for 15 days in December and my nails were flaky and always breaking. I stopped taking the hormone therapy after 15 days coz of not sleeping, severe joint aching, very very low in mood (which was not me coz I have been very positive throughout).

After stopping all these stopped within 5-7 days (although left with aching thumbs) so for me it was the Anastrozole.

I am not saying stop the hormone therapy just letting you know what happens when you stop, for me it was quality of life as my husband had bowel cancer in 2013 and me with BC in Feb 2014 so for me I didn't want to feel so bad when we both want to live life and I felt I was stopping us from doing this.

Love to you all
ChristineR
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Hi, I am on Arimidex and my nails too are flaking and have ridges down them. I have been on Arimidex for almost four years now and have lots of side effects but I keep telling myself that these are better than the Cancer coming back. Good luck to everyone with your treatment. X
JustBee
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Yes mine are the same on letrozole. The vertical split down the nail is something I'd never had before and it happens all the time now.
SML1903
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Hi Ladies.

I take Anastrozole and my nails are flaking like mad and splitting length ways down the nail. I thought they were still recovering from chemo as I lost all but 4 nails. I do take a vitimin supplement for nails, skin and hair and I use almond oil as well. When I am at home I wash my hands using E45 wash which seems to stop my hands and nails getting too dry. 

As you say a minor side effect in the scheme of things but annoying all the same.

caffmagee
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

I have the same problem - I have been taking tamoxifen for about a year and my nails are really brittle - they grow but flake and break really easily and are not in very good condition.  I think it's a side effect of the pills. 

penelopeanne
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Thanks so much everyone.   As with everything in this Breast Cancer thing - it somehow helps to know that others are having similar experiences.   Best wishes to all.

Curleychris
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Ditto here nails break and split down the middle, had my last Herceptin on Friday so hoping things will improve. Still on the tamoxifen so not sure if it will still be the same.
Mac123
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

I am currently having Herceptin and Tamoxifen and my nails are dreadful. They continually split and break and are generally very weak. I use nail strengthener but it doesn't seem to do anything. I also get really sore split areas on the tips of my fingers and thumbs. Small price to pay in the grander scheme of things but still a pain!

JaneyW
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

My nails have become really bendy and flaky too. I'm on anastrozole and herceptin, and had assumed it was the herceptin. Seems like it may be a double whammy! I'm keeping them super short (shorter than the end of my fingers), and using strengthening nail varnish. Any other tips?
kathy03
Member

Re: Flaky finger nails

Hi

 

I'm taking anastrozole and have noticed my nails break all the time. As soon as I've filed them and they start to grow a bit longer they break again. My skin seems dry too so I put on lots of body cream and every time I wash my hands I put hand cream on and rub it into my nails too. I did try some nail strengthener but it didn't work.  As you say it's maybe one of the minor side effects of taking our drugs and manageable. I just make sure I carry hand cream and an emery board with me when I go out.

Best wishes

Kathy

penelopeanne
Member

Flaky finger nails

Has anyone else noticed that their finger nails are terrible - worse than before taking Letrozole (in my case)?   Mine are like flaky pastry as soon as they grow at all.    It isn't in the least important, in the great scheme of post breast cancer hormone therapy issues - but I just wondered.   Or is it just me... or the winter?    Otherwise this treatment seems fine for me and any side effects are a small price to pay.