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Fingernail Ridges Medical Symptom
I am noticing deep ridges on my fingernails. Is this a symptom of something? I am a 65 year old female.
Hard : Hard to tell without a picture. Depends a bit on the orientation of the ridges (vertical vs. Horizontal). Vertical ridging running the length of the nail is common (genetically) and also typically a normal sign of aging, whereas horizontal ridging is caused by other factors. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation. I hope that helps. ...Read more
I have raised vertical ridges in a couple of my finger nails for about the past 6 months. What could this be a sign of?
Nothing too serious: Although you are a young woman, these are not uncommon as we age. They may reflect a b vitamin deficiency and might benefit from supplements or dietary changes. If they were across the nail, it would be a different matter. That could be a sign of a serious medical problem for which you'd want to see a doctor. Happily, your ridges run from the base to the tip. ...Read more
I have horizontal ridges on my finger nails and i'm being tested for lupus. Is that a sign of an autoimmune disease?
Probably not.: I've never seen lupus cause horizontal nail ridges, although i suppose it's possible. Certain medications can do it, as can diabetes and certain systemic diseases. If you're not on any medications, your doctor may wish to extend the workup to look for other internal causes, besides lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is yellowing of the fingernails a symptom of sjögren's syndrome? I was diagnosed with sjogrens and just noticed a yellowing of the fingernails
I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my fingernails are turning a yellowish color. Is this a common symptom?
No, but: If your nails are turning yellow, you may have jaundice, which can be associated with certain types of anemia. In that case, your urine should be dark like tea, and your eyes may be yellow. Otherwise, being very pale can make your nails appear yellow though they may not be. Find out why you are anemic by making an appointment with your doctor or a hematologist. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nail issues: The best thing would be to have it checked out as it could be anything from fungal infection to injury or other disease. If you have ridges it could also be fungal infection but it is difficult to say without looking at it. See your doctor. If it developed acutely it could be an injury but you would have known it since it would be painful to have it bleed and have the blood underneath turn dark. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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