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Dr. Videh Mahajan
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Dr. Donald Alves
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The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

The groove of my toenail is throbbing any reason why I had surgery a year ago there's no growth of another nail phenol was applied removed callus?

Phenol: ...can kill the nail matrix from which the nail grows, so might explain lack of nail. If swelling with pain, may be due to abnormal healing, and will need seen by the Dr who did the procedure or a Podiatrist to determine problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Eric Abrams
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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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Dr. Robert Kwok
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I haven't found any consistent info on horizontal beau's line indentations and have read that each nail represents a group in the body, is this true?

I haven't found any consistent info on horizontal beau's line indentations and have read that each nail represents a group in the body, is this true?

No, but...: That's not true, but it does make for some imaginative story-telling. That would be similar to reading the lines on one's palms, or reading the lumps and bumps on one's skull. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Frydman
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I have horizontal wavy nail ridges. What is that?

I have horizontal wavy nail ridges. What is that?

a reaction to somet: Those types of lines can be due to stress or chemicals such as chemotherapy. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
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Horizontal indented line in one nail only. Could it be a beau line?

Horizontal indented line in one nail only. Could it be a beau line?

Yes: yes this could be Beau's line. You may have had some injury to the nail, or sometimes we see these with other systemic illnesses. However one nail involvement would suggest trauma or injury to the nail. Human nail grows from the base at the cuticle, and that is where the injury probably occurred ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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I m 37 years old , healthy female , no medical history , why do I have bumps or horizontal ridges on my nail?

I m  37 years old ,  healthy  female , no medical history , why do I have bumps or horizontal ridges on my nail?

May be psoriasis.: The london criteria for psoriasis allow for diagnosis if five of ten nails of the hand have prototypic findings. Horizontal ridging is one, as are "pits." however, some people with psoriasis have small-blister-like elevations. See if family members have psoriasis! ...Read more

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