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Dr. Ellen Wenzel answered:

What is deep horizontal grooves in the thumb nails and big toes mean?

Nail changes

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Nail changes can be the result of how your nails form or can be the result of trauma or systemic related. See a physician who can evaluate your history and clinical history.
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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

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

Beau's lines

Calcium
Some are Infection in nail bed, Injury, skin disease, low Calcium, chemotherapy drugs.
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Dr. Eric Abrams answered:

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

Beau's or Meuhrke's

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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.
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Dr. Lynne Weixel answered:

What would cause horizontal nail ridges and white spots on nails?

Could be serious

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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!
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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.

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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.
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What causes horizontal indents on only both the thumb nails, they come regularly and have equal length between indents.

Frequently nutrition

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but sometimes systemic disease. Get a full exam
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Dr. Emily Altman answered:

Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?

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If lines are sort of spotty and don't span entire width of the nail, most likely it's due to some minor trauma. These grow out with the nail. If lines span the entire width of the nail, and don't grow with the nail this may be related to a protein deficiency or a number of systemic conditions. The list of possible conditions long. Please have this evaluated by a dermatologist
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Dr. Vicki Levine answered:

I've had weird horizontal lines appearing on my nails for more than a year. I've been to the doctor before-it didn't help. What could cause this?

Beau's lines

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did your doctors say that is what you doyou have? they can be caused by a low calcium, trauma or illness.
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My two big toe nails have completely cracked horizontally.One fell off half way and the other is yellow. They are ugly.What can I do about them?

Need to see a doctor

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You need to be seen to determine if you have a fungus infection of the nail or a bacterial infection of the skin. Did you have an injury to the nail, etc?
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Dr. Frank R. Pinto answered:

Thickening toe nails?

Maybe fungus?

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When patients (and many non-dermatologist physicians) see this problem they automatically assume it's a fungal infection but this is only true about 50% of the time. There are several other non-infectious causes of thickened nails including psoriasis, chronic friction/trauma, and hereditary causes. See a dermatologist who may want to take a sample of the nails for a fungal culture and/or biopsy
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