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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time.
I often see this in my oncology patient with certain chemotherapy. They well have lines in the nails. ...Read more

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What causes fingernails to fall off occasionally?

What causes fingernails to fall off occasionally?

Varies: The cause of fingernails falling off can be secondary to trauma, infection, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

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 matrix (located under the cuticle), is temporarily disrupted. This can occur with direct injury to the nail matrix; an inflammatory condition such as psoriasis; infection around the nail plate; repetitive picking at the nails or cuticles; or sickness. ...Read more

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What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

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 by regular moisturizing of the nail & cuticle & avoidance of harsh soaps that are drying. Nail appearance can reflect overall health and nutrient status so supplementation may help. Consider fish oil, biotin, &/or a multivitamin with minerals. ...Read more

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Why do fingernails twist as they grow and cause pain?

Why do fingernails twist as they grow and cause pain?

Fingernail problem: There are many reasons for the deformation of the fingernails. Among these are some very important systemic diseases. Many facets of fingernail growth are assessed by dermatologist when she or he he looks at them. See a dermatologist now. No excuses. ...Read more

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What might cause horizontal ridges on the fingernails?

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 disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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What are the white marks on your fingernails caused by?

What are the white marks on your fingernails caused by?

Can be a lot: Fingernail disorders can be wide and varied as far as causes. Dermatologists are experts in fingernail diseases. White markings, called leukonychia, can be caused by trauma, infections, drugs, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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Why do some people not have fingernails? What causes that?

Anonychia: Anonychia (Absence of nails) can be due to a number of causes such as: Anonychia congenita, Ectodermal defect Ichthyosis Allergic contact dermatitis Raynaud's phenomenon Trauma Lichen planus Exfoliative dermatitis & Epidermolysis bullosa. ...Read more

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What causes black vertical lines under fingernails? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

What causes black vertical lines under fingernails? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

Blood clots: Tiny blood clots, usually broken off from heart valves then float to the end arteries of the fingertips and get caught in the capillaries of the nail bed. They are not dangerous in and of themselves, but could be reflective of a heart problem. ...Read more

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What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

Soft nails: A number of concubines can result in linear striations poor nutritional state, low vitamin levels. Two products which can strengthen the nails are deramanail and genedur. The addition of oral digestive enzymes is useful for strengthening weak nails according dr jonathan wright of the tahoma clinic. ...Read more

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What causes bumps in fingernails?

What causes bumps in fingernails?

Varies: Bumps 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 process. Follow with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes ridges & bumps on fingernails?

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 trauma can cause nail changes as can disease states. ...Read more

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What causes ridges and bumps on fingernails?

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 disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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What causes a horizontal ridge or bump on a fingernail?

NAIL RIDGE FINGER: A SINGLE HORIZONTAL FINGERNAIL RIDGE IS HARMLESS.
IT DEPENDS ON WHICH NAIL, WHEN IT BEGAN, WHAT HABIT DO YOU HAVE WITH THAT PARTICULAR NAIL, AND MORE OF A HISTORY.
IT SOUND BENIGN AND HARMLESS.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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What causes ridges in the fingernails from malnutition?

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 process. ...Read more

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What could cause blood under fingernails. With no injury?

What could cause blood under fingernails. With no injury?

Subungual hematoma: Blood underneath your nail is referred to as subungual hematoma. Subungual hematoma is caused by fluid (blood) accumulating under the nail bed in fingers and in toes due to a jamming of your finger or toe, dropping a heavy item on your finger or toe or repetitive stress to the nail itself. Any repetitive motion of the finger could lead to a lifting and separation of the nail from the base leading. ...Read more

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What causes the fingernails of an elderly person to seem to disappear?

What causes the fingernails of an elderly person to seem to disappear?

Unsure what you mean: Nail growth certainly slows some with aging, but they should not be disappearing. Nails can be a sign of many conditions including vitamin deficiency, anemia, diabetes, as well as, disease of the heart, lung, kidney, or liver. Bottom line is that disappearing nails are not normal aging, and if you have noticed changes recently seeking medical advice n person would be a good idea. ...Read more