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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Spoon Nails

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What causes rippled nails?

What causes rippled nails?

Verticle Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about. 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 due to variations in cell turnover within the nail. If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes nail clubbing?

What causes nail clubbing?

Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...Read more

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What causes ridges in the nails?

What causes ridges in the nails?

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 the cuticle. Thus, it is easy to injure this area. However, if all nails are involved look back 4-6 months ago...Did you have a high fever or surgery? Stresses such as these can give ridges in multiple nails. See your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Beau's lines: Some are infection in nail bed, injury, skin disease, low calcium, chemotherapy drugs. ...Read more

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White horizontal lines through my nails, what is this caused by?

White horizontal lines through my nails, what is this caused by?

Beau's or Meuhrke's: Beau's lines are raised white lines, often a result of systemic disease or trauma, creating an uneven white horizontal line. Muehrcke's lines are smooth and are usually seen when blood protein levels are low. The reason for the low protein state can vary from kidney disease to liver disease to malnutrition - among other causes. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Most of my nails have vertical lines on them. What can cause this?.

Most of my nails have vertical lines on them. What can cause this?.

Mostly genetics: Vertical are usually due to your personal make-up, although potentially chronic vitamin deficiency could contribute. A periodic multivitamin would not hurt, but more likely only an occasional manicure will "cure" the prolem. ...Read more

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Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Nail ridges: Most people have some ridges on their nails and this is normal. If ridges are new or different, then see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes pitted or ridged nails? Is there something wrong or is it normal?

What causes pitted or ridged nails? Is there something wrong or is it normal?

PossibleBeau's Lines: The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with beau's lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Beau's lines can also also be a sign of zinc deficiency. ...Read more

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I noticed my nails are bright pink? been a fairly sudden change, what are causes?

I noticed my nails are bright pink? been a fairly sudden change, what are causes?

High elevation?: Your symptoms don't sound classic for anything I can think of, but if you are living or visiting a region with high elevation, your body will make more blood cells to increase oxygenation. This could cause pink nails, but so could red or pink dyes, trauma, hemorrhage under the nail. If it doesn't go away soon, see your regular doctor for a work up. ...Read more