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What do ridged nails mean

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Maybe normal but...: Nail ridges (vertical) are frequently normal, but horizontal ridging may suggest psoriasis, which may olny appear on the nails. If concerned, see you ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jimmy Lee
Dr. Jimmy Lee answered
Specializes in Podiatry
Not necessary fungus: These may not be fungal in nature. There are other causes such as outside injury to the nail plate, or other systemic diseases.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Other reasons too: Horizontal nail ridges (or Beau’s lines )run across nail & might be signs of diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease. They may occur in people w ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ellen Turner
19 years experience Dermatology
Not necessarily.: Most always, vertical nail ridges simply indicate an aging nail. Just as we can get lines or wrinkles on our face and body, we can get "lines" or "rid ... Read More
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Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland
36 years experience Dermatology
Trauma or illness: If only one nail is involved it could be due to trauma from approximately 4-6 months ago. The nail is made in the nail matrix which is right beneath ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Fingernail Ridges: Vertical fingernail ridges fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridge ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Videh Mahajan
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Nails: These can be be idiopathic (no reason) or something more significant, eg iron deficiency anemia.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Frydman
46 years experience Podiatry
a reaction to somet: Those types of lines can be due to stress or chemicals such as chemotherapy.
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Arthritis?: Do you suffer from any joint pain? Some nail changes can occur with certain types of arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis, it can also be aproblem w ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wenjay Sung
13 years experience Podiatry
NO: No, if that is your only symptom.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Abrams
29 years experience Podiatry
Psoriasis: These changes consistent with pin type dots or "pitting" of the nails, with ridging is very commonly associated with psoriasis.

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