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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Concave Nails (Overview)

Concave nails are nails with a "scooped-out" shape. They may be seen in several conditions, such as iron deficiency, or other metabolic disorders.


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Can anemia cause concave nails?

Can anemia cause concave nails?

Yes: Spoon nails or koilonychia (the $5 word) can be associated with many things, iron-deficiency anemia among them. This is definitely worth seeing your doctor about. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/wo00055&slide=4. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
1 doctor shared a insight

Concave Nails (Overview)

Concave nails are nails with a "scooped-out" shape. They may be seen in several conditions, such as iron deficiency, or other metabolic disorders.


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How do concave nails form?

How do concave nails form?

Different ways: There are few different reasons a nail may get "curved" or concave. Trauma may damage a nail root and deform the shape of the nail. In other cases, a fungal infection may be the culprit of the deformed nail. In some cases, the shape of the nail runs in the family. In other cases, a systemic condition may also influence the shape of a nail. Talk to your doctor for a more complete list. ...Read more

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Treating Nail Fungus (Checklist)

Thin out thickened toe nails and keep nails short
Monthly
Apply topical antifungal
Once
Avoid sharing personal nail care instruments
Once
Avoid tight shoes
Once
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How do concave nails form?

Different ways: There are few different reasons a nail may get "curved" or concave. Trauma may damage a nail root and deform the shape of the nail. In other cases, a fungal infection may be the culprit of the deformed nail. In some cases, the shape of the nail runs in the family. In other cases, a systemic condition may also influence the shape of a nail. Talk to your doctor for a more complete list. ...Read more

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Overcoming Nail Biting (Checklist)

Trim & file your nails daily
Daily
Carry a file with you to deal with snags as soon as possible
Once
Get a weekly manicure
Weekly
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Can anemia cause concave nails?

Yes: Spoon nails or koilonychia (the $5 word) can be associated with many things, iron-deficiency anemia among them. This is definitely worth seeing your doctor about. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/wo00055&slide=4. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
once
Do not dig into the corners when cutting nails
once
Avoid harsh chemicals
Once