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What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

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 more

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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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What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

Many possibilities: There are many causes of horizontal ridges on nails, including trauma, malnutrition, infections, kidney or liver disease and arsenic poisoning but the fact that is it only on your big toenails makes it unlikely it is serious. See http://www.md-health.com/Fingernail-Ridges.html and check in with your doctor if it spreads to other nails or you other symptoms suggesting some of those conditions. ...Read more

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Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Fingernail Ridges: Vertical fingernail ridges fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridges. Vertical ridges are normal and are not a sign of any medical health concern. They extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an aligned and orderly positioning. They appear more prominently with age. ...Read more

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Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Many possibilities : So there are many possible causes of nail disease. Common causes are vitamin deficiencies, skin diseases such as psoriasis, infections, etc. The curvature of the nail toward the finger might be something known as clubbing. This can occur in lung or heart problems and is common among smokers. Might be best to consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

Protein deficiency: Malnutrition with low protein intake or chronic illnesses that cause consumption of body reserves lead to poor nail quality with horizontal ridges marking when it occurred chronologically. ...Read more

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What causes the deep ridges in my finger nails?

What causes the deep ridges in my finger nails?

Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about. Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail. ...Read more

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What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

Beaus lines: The vertical ridges are called beauslines and usually for during an illness or traumatic event, where nails stop growing for a period and then start again once a person is well. ...Read more

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Both thumbnails had a vertical split in the tips not deep, I noticed dark horizontal lines above the lunulae they don't grow anymore. Only these two?

Both thumbnails had a vertical split in the tips not deep, I noticed dark horizontal lines above the lunulae they don't grow anymore. Only these two?

Nail changes: Are tricky to diagnose without a consult. Given the they are on both sides unlikely to be related to injury but this may need to be considered. There are a variety of other medical conditions that can be associated with nail changes and so seeing a doctor to run tests may assist with making a diagnosis. Have a look at this link for some general information: http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/nail- ...Read more

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What are causes of deep vertical lines on my thumb nails?

What are causes of deep vertical lines on my thumb nails?

Two primary concerns: Trama to the nail matrix can lead to ridges and splitting in the nail. Nail changes can also be seen in certain autoimmune conditions (such as dermatomyositis or psoriasis). However, the primary cause seen in your age group are vertical ridges that result from age related changes called onychoschizia. ...Read more

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Top teeth chip in crack now brown lines appear in between the crack teeth guns swollen at the top into my nose?

Top teeth chip in crack now brown lines appear in between the crack teeth guns swollen at the top into my nose?

See your dentist: Cracks can be found in all your teeth but if they become symptomatic(ie. Pain) or large enough to stain then you should see a dentist. The gums are a separate issue. At minimum you have gum disease and because of the swelling you may have an abscess. Either way these issues are detrimental to maintaining your teeth you need to see a dentist. ...Read more

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What causes brittle fingernails with vertical ridges?

Brittle nails: Everyone has brittle nails to some extent, some more than others. Aging can cause slowed nail growth and dull, brittle, or yellowish nails as the flow of moisture and natural oils to the nail bed declines. A lack of moisture or too much moisture can worsen an already brittle condition. Dry heat, detergents, nail polish remover, or harsh chemicals encourage cracked and dry brittle nails. ...Read more

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What causes deep vertical lines on my thumb nails?

What causes deep vertical lines on my thumb nails?

Usually aging: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.The lines extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail. Trauma is another etiology.Sometimes nails are brittletransverse line development or discoloration of nails may imply underlying chronic disease. ...Read more

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Horizontal and vertical lines on big toes. Brownish dark color on edges and a big fat horizontal line in the middle. PS. She has thyroid problems.

Horizontal and vertical lines on big toes. Brownish dark color on edges and a big fat horizontal line in the middle. PS.  She has thyroid problems.

More information: Hi Mahal, More information about symptoms associated with the skin changes and other underlying medical illnesses would be helpful. Rashes and skin changes are more easily diagnosed with an in-person visit with a dermatologist. For thyroid related skin changes, I have found an article that may be helpful for you: http://bit.ly/2ixoqi3 ...Read more

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

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

Could be serious: 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! ...Read more

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Ridges on fingernails indicate what? I have vertical ridges on my fingernails and horizonal ridges on my big toenail

Ridges on fingernails indicate what? I have vertical ridges on my fingernails and horizonal ridges on my  big toenail

Ridges on nails: The vertical ridges may be normal for you or a metabolic problem. The horizontal ridges are usually called "trauma lines" on the toenails and indicate changes in your nail growth pattern at the root level. ...Read more

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What causes a very thin vertical black line down thumb nail?

What causes a very thin vertical black line down thumb nail?

Nail line: Usually it is a normal variant. Sometimes a mole or even a rare melanoma skin cancer can look like a black line in the nail. You should have a dermatogist evaluate the nail. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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I got my left ring finger caught Ina guys shorts at fight practice in the groove where it meets the hand and now I can't move the last digit.

I got my left ring finger caught Ina guys shorts at fight practice in the groove where it meets the hand and now I can't move the last digit.

Hand surgeon: If this difficulty persists consult a hand surgeon for diagnosis,advice and treatment. You may have sustained joint and ligament injury, and if so, you want to avoid permanent damage to that finger. ...Read more

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Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Doctor queried Down syndrome in my baby(72 hrs old). Echo test is ok, no short hand, no groove between toes, no white spots in eye, mother age 20, ears ok?

Any age mom: Ds can occur at ang maternal age but numbers climb a lot for older moms. If doc suspects some unusual issue it is best that s/he be up front about it and do appropriate screening or specific tests to define it.Proper diagnosis can either relieve you or make sure early treatments are started. ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Often notice horizontal ridges on thumb nail, usually only one nail. Currently there are 2 horizontal on one nail. What could cause this ?

Often notice horizontal ridges on thumb nail, usually only one nail. Currently there are 2 horizontal on one nail. What could cause this ?

If only on ONE: nail it usually indicates TRAUMA to that cuticle at a remote time (often seen with manicures) Multiple horizontal ridges indicate an ILLNESS or NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY at the time of the nail growth. Hope this helps NOTE THYROID conditions have been associated with nail abnormalities. ...Read more

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

Could be serious: 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! ...Read more

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Horizontal nail ridges always mean onychomycosis or are there other reasons for this?

Horizontal nail ridges always mean onychomycosis or are there other reasons for this?

Not necessary fungus: These may not be fungal in nature. There are other causes such as outside injury to the nail plate, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more