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Horizontal Ridge Fingernail
Beau's lines: Beau's lines, which are grooves that run horizontally across the nail plate. They usually develop when nail plate growth, which begins in the nail matrix (located under the cuticle), is temporarily disrupted. This can occur with direct injury to the nail matrix; an inflammatory condition such as psoriasis; infection around the nail plate; repetitive picking at the nails or cuticles; or sickness. ...Read more
It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more
For the past 3 years I've gotten horizontal ridges across the fingernails. Not very deep that come and go. What could this be?
NAIL RIDGE FINGER: A SINGLE HORIZONTAL FINGERNAIL RIDGE IS HARMLESS. IT DEPENDS ON WHICH NAIL, WHEN IT BEGAN, WHAT HABIT DO YOU HAVE WITH THAT PARTICULAR NAIL, AND MORE OF A HISTORY. IT SOUND BENIGN AND HARMLESS. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more
More info needed: Sounds like you damaged the nail bed at some point in time. Could also be fungal. Can you re-ask your question and attach a picture???? ...Read more
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
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
I have horizontal ridges or bumps on my left thumb and right middle fingernails. May sound trivial but have never had them. Should i be concerned?
Usually...: ...Due to a mild trauma to the growth plate of the nail (just under the cuticle) at some point in the past, with the ridge moving along the nail as it grows. ...Read more
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.: 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nail ridges: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more
Nail ridges: Very many causes. I would google this and then look at images to see what matches yours. Then show to your Dr. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Consider psoariasis: Especially nail has little pits too.Get a more detailed answer ›
Normal variation: In most cases, longitudinal ridges on nails are a normal findings as people grow older. At younger age like your son, pl. make sure he is checked by his PMD for any potential medical cause that may include some nutritional deficiency. ...Read more
Nail issues: The best thing would be to have it checked out as it could be anything from fungal infection to injury or other disease. If you have ridges it could also be fungal infection but it is difficult to say without looking at it. See your doctor. If it developed acutely it could be an injury but you would have known it since it would be painful to have it bleed and have the blood underneath turn dark. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
For 3 years now I've been getting horizontal indents on my fingernails that come and go. What could this be?
I have horizontal dents in some of my fingernails. I heard this can indicate certain health problems. Can this happen without any underlying cause?
Usually not: This usually is from a stressful event in life that interrupts nail growth. ...Read more
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