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A 30-year-old female asked:

Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. nail peeling. doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. no injury. ideas?

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Dryness or other: Could be just drying or iron deficiency or other pathologies. If it is or isn't fungus, your doctor can get a culture/specium to confirm whether it is or not. Try to see aobut your diet as well as lack of certain vitamins and minerals can be seen first in toenails/fingernails and or hair. Good luck.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ridges: Horizontal nail ridges (or Beau’s lines) run across nail & might be signs of diabetes, thyroid disease, kidney disease. They may occur in people who had syphilis or muscles or who had chemotherapy. These should be evaluated. Sometimes peeling can occur with fungus.

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