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Causes Ridged 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
Could be serious: Vertical ridges, especially in adult women are fairly common. In a male, and across rather than to the tip it can be a sign of serious conditions so have it checked. Horizontal ridges that are accompanied by white lines can be a symptom of arsenic poisoning. Horizontal depressions across the nails, called beau's lines, can be a sign of diabetes, malnutrition, or a circulatory problem. Best! ...Read more
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
Psoriasis!: Certainly many causes, but psoriasis of the nails is most common. The london criteria for psoriasis allow the diagnosis my finding characteristic ridging (horizontal), pitting, onychollysis in five of ten nails in the hands, without skin lesions being identified. Vertical ridging is not specific at all. Psoriasis is commonly associated with arthritis. ...Read more
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
Often notice horizontal ridges on thumb nail, usually only one nail. Currently there are 2 horizontal on one nail. What could cause this?
If only on ONE:
Nail it usually indicates TRAUMA to that cuticle at a remote time (often seen with manicures)
Multiple horizontal ridges indicate an ILLNESS or NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY at the time of the nail growth.
Hope this helps
NOTE THYROID conditions have been associated with nail abnormalities. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Finger Nail abnormal:
Ridges on one's finger nails are often related to smoking. This damage to tissue is a late symptoms of prolonged lung damage and can even be a sign that one is developing emphysema.
There are other rare reasons for this. But this is the most common reason I know.
If you do not smoke or have never smoked then a good dermatologist may be able to help sort this out for you. ...Read more
I have horizontal ridges on both my thumb nail, all my other nails are fine, I chew my skin on my thumbs, is this the cause or am I lacking something?
Lacking the...: Sounds like one is lacking the ability to stop chewing on his thumbs. If one stops chewing on the Right thumb, and continues chewing on his Left thumb (as a way to satisfy his compulsion to thumb-chew), and the unchewed Right thumb becomes normal, then he has his answer proven. Otherwise, a dermatologist can help, with an exam. ...Read more
Could PKD cause horizontals ridges/indents in the nails? For years now I have them on both of my thumbs & sometimes on pointer fingers.
Changes in nails: Are associated with chronic kidney disease, not that just caused by polycystic kidney disease. The buildup of nitrogen waste products seems to be the culprit as well as medications and malnutrition. These horizontal or transverse ridges are called Beau's lines. Your kidney disease has interfered with the growth of the nail. The ridged nails can also be spoon-shaped/concave from anemia. ...Read more
I recently noticed raised horizontal ridges that run across my fingernails in a crescent moon shape same color as my nail. What causes this?
Beaus lines: Interruptions in the nail growth plates cause these horizontal ridges. Usually due to severe illness a few months ago. ...Read more
Beaus lines: The vertical ridges are called beauslines and usually for during an illness or traumatic event, where nails stop growing for a period and then start again once a person is well. ...Read more
What causes ridges in fingernails and how can I treat them? Not all of my nails have ridges. Is this a result of a vitamin or mineral deficiency?
Vertical fingernail ridges
fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridges. Vertical ridges are normal and are not a sign of any medical health concern. They extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an aligned and orderly positioning. They appear more prominently with age. ...Read more
NO: No, if that is your only symptom. ...Read more
Depends on direction: If the ridges are horizontal (directed toward the sides of your feet), they will usually grow out with the nail over time. If they are vertical (directed toward the front and back of the foot) they can be permanent. I recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more
It depends: Some types of ridges are permanent and some are temporary. If the ridges are the same direction as the growth of your nail, they are usually permanent and due to trauma. Ridges that go side to side are often temporary and will grow out with time. Ridges can be caused by toenail fungus as well. I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more
Nail ridges: Vertical ridges on the nails -- meaning they run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail -- are normal. They become more common with age. Http://tinyurl. Com/mje8xmn magnesium deficiency can sometimes be associated with soft or brittle nails, though. It's horizontal ridges (across the nail's width) that can be more indicative of various illnesses. ...Read more
I have a damaged nail bed and a ridge down the nail that keeps splitting. Is there anything I can do?
Dermatologist.: Your best bet would be to have a visit with a Dermatologist. This could represent a vitamin/mineral deficiency or an inflammatory condition which can be elucidated through testing. ...Read more
What to do if I have ridges / lines on my nails that run from the base to the tip (vertical ridges). Is this normal?
Nail ridges.: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more
Are vertical ridges nail normal and what about horizontal nails, are they normal? And vertical nails are up and down right? Thank you
Normal: Older people have more conspicuous ridges. Horizontal ridges result from injury to cuticles. This occurs from manicures. Biting, picking, accidents. ...Read more
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