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

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

Nail changes: 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. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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I have light brown lines on both of my thumbs and my nails are kinda bumpy like horizontal ridges?

I have light brown lines on both of my thumbs and my nails are kinda bumpy like horizontal ridges?

Nails as a mirror: Nail and skin changes could be reflective of systemic or local diseases. When did you notice these changes? Are you pushing your cuticles down causing nail bed trauma? Do you have any other symptoms and/or chronic diseases? Is your diet balanced - are you taking enough minerals and vitamins? ...Read more

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Lightly bumped front tooth w/weddingband. Used flashlight from under tooth. See horizontal line middle of tooth! Can't feel w/ nail. Craze line? 63yo

Lightly bumped front tooth w/weddingband. Used flashlight from under tooth. See horizontal line middle of tooth!  Can't feel w/ nail. Craze line? 63yo

Probably: Lightly bumping your tooth with wedding ring unlikely to cause much damage. Seen it chip an edge of tooth. However, due to your age , you probably have numerous wear and damages including craze lines in the enamel. The light reflecting thru the tooth may make these obvious. We use the light to examine the teeth in a similar fashion. Not likely a problem. ...Read more

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I recently noticed raised horizontal ridges that run across my fingernails in a crescent moon shape same color as my nail. What causes this?

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

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Injured my fingernail, it fell off, it grew back with short horizontal ridges on it, they won't go away, nail collects dirt always looks dirty.

Injured my fingernail, it fell off, it grew back with short horizontal ridges on it, they won't go away, nail collects dirt always looks dirty.

Injured cuticle: You neglected to indicate how long ago? After an injury, expect nail change for 6 months. If the injury caused permanent damage to the cuticle, the nail will never be normal. Keep very short. Lubricate frequently. ...Read more

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