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Back in the Fall I experienced intense gastro pain and at that time I started getting horizontal ridges in my left big toenail. What can cause this?

Back in the Fall I experienced intense gastro pain and at that time I started getting horizontal ridges in my left big toenail. What can cause this?

?vitamin deficiency: It is difficult to say right now what caused you pain in the Fall (I might need more information regarding the pain). The horizontal and sometimes white ridges could be a sign of vitamin deficiency. ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more

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I have had this awful chronic (well, many years) horizontal ridging on my second toenails . The cuticle is misshapen also. Causes/cures?

I have had this awful chronic (well, many years) horizontal ridging on my second toenails . The cuticle is misshapen also. Causes/cures?

Probably trauma: Repetitive trauma against the second toe from shoegear can cause this. Most times this toe is longer than the two toes in both sides and it will rub or bang against the shoe more than the others causing nail and skin thickening. It could also be dry skin or even heredity. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Make sure your shoes aren't too tight
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Have it evaluated by your podiatrist if there are signs of infection
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See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
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What does it mean if you have horizontal ridges on your big toenails?

What does it mean if you have horizontal ridges on your big toenails?

Usually a sign of: An injury, often a minor injury that you may not even recall. Transverse lines usally are similar to rings on a tree--you can identify approximately about when the injury occurred by how much the nail has grown. ...Read more

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Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. Nail peeling. Doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. No injury. Ideas?

Horizontal ridges on both big toenails. Nail peeling. Doc doesn't think it's fungus because no discolor. No injury.  Ideas?

Dryness or other: Could be just drying or iron deficiency or other pathologies. If it is or isn't fungus, your doctor can get a culture/specium to confirm whether it is or not. Try to see aobut your diet as well as lack of certain vitamins and minerals can be seen first in toenails/fingernails and or hair. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Visit podiatrist or medical provider for initial removal
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Take any prescribed antibiotics until completely gone
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Take pain medications as directed
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Wear looser fitting shoes
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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 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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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Don't dig it out
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See a podiatrist
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Soak in vinegar/water solution for cleansing
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Use keratolytic to soften nail plate
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I've noticed my big toenails have stopped growing and one has turned yellow and has a thick ridge. What is this and what do I do? I play sports a lot

Nail fungus: Unless you had a trauma to this particular nail, this is probably onychmycosis, or nail fungus. Trauma can look similar. There are now both good topical and oral antifungals to clear this up. See your local foot specialist to see what's best for you ...Read more

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