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How to thin thick toenails

Updated March 30, 2017

Thick toenails can be caused by a variety of reasons, including skin conditions, fungus or certain toe injuries. Nails also can take on a yellow colour. There are a variety of ways to thin toenails.

Soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 15 to 20 minutes . Then file the top layers of your toenails with an emery board or a nail buffer.

Purchase a nail grinding tool. Use the tool according to product directions to thin your toenails. For severe cases, consult a physician and asked to be prescribed medication to treat your toenails.

Prevent the fungal infection that causes thick toenails by wearing the proper footwear in shower rooms. Do not walk barefoot and keep your feet clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Tub
  • Emery board or nail buffer
  • Nail grinding tool
  • Prescription medication
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About the Author

Cassie Skelley has been writing articles about computers, electronics, video games and personal care for the Ikana Kai newsletter and Bon Losee Beauty College since 2005. Skelley majored in biology at Brigham Young University-Hawaii and in cosmetology at Bon Losee.