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Dr. Videh Mahajan
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What is deep horizontal grooves in the thumb nails and big toes mean?

Dr. Videh Mahajan
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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What is deep horizontal grooves in the thumb nails and big toes mean?

Nails: It could cosmetic or a sign of anemia. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

See a dermatologist: You must be examined and questioned by a DR who is familiar with hair and nail disorders. Only then will you understand what is happening and what you can do about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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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?

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. Richard Taddeo
Board Certified, Podiatry
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Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
27 years in practice
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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Dr. Alan Ali
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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 Abrams
Board Certified, Podiatry
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White horizontal lines through my nails, what is this caused by?

Dr. Eric Abrams
Board Certified, Podiatry
25 years in practice
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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
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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?

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
Board Certified, Podiatry
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I have horizontal wavy nail ridges. What is that?

Dr. Steven Frydman
Board Certified, Podiatry
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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. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Are vertical ridges nail normal and what about horizontal nails, are they normal? And vertical nails are up and down right? Thank you

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Are vertical ridges nail normal and what about horizontal nails, are they normal? And vertical nails are up and down right? Thank you

Normal: Older people have more conspicuous ridges. Horizontal ridges result from injury to cuticles. This occurs from manicures. biting, picking, accidents. ...Read more

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Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
50 years in practice
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Horizontal indented line in one nail only. Could it be a beau line?

Dr. John Goldman
Board Certified, Rheumatology
50 years in practice
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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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