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what causes ridges in fingernails

A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Wimberly
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nail ridges: There are many types of nail findings. Ridges can be a chronic illness, anemia, kidney disease, skin diseases, or arthritis problems the treatment is ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Nicora
23 years experience Internal Medicine
No worries: Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly d ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Thinning : Thin nails tend to ridge or curve.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: Ridges in the fingernails of patients can result from trauma or focal compression on the nail matrix. It can also be a sign of a systemic disease pro ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eduardo Haddad
45 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Protein deficiency: Malnutrition with low protein intake or chronic illnesses that cause consumption of body reserves lead to poor nail quality with horizontal ridges mar ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
Could be MANY things: Reasons range from prior serious illness, psoriasis, trauma, metabolic disease, infection, etc. It's tough to tell without more details and an exam.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aletha Tippett
23 years experience Family Medicine
Many reasons: Vertical ridges on nails are basically harmless & can be related to heredity, aging, & nail dryness or injury. The appearance of ridges may be reduced ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Beau's lines: Beau's lines, which are grooves that run horizontally across the nail plate. They usually develop when nail plate growth, which begins in the nail mat ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart di ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
A number of things: Nail issues really need to be examined to determine a clear diagnosis and possible cause. However, some ridges can be entirely normal. Repetitive trau ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience Emergency Medicine
It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart di ... Read More
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