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Dr. Brandon Macy answered:

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

Usually a sign of

Injuries
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.
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Dr. Wenjay Sung answered:

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

Dryness or other

Fungus
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.
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Dr. Stephen Arbes answered:

My 4 yr old has a thick yellowish horizontal line under her big toe nail. She said is wasn't hit or anything dropped on it. What is it.

Let's watch it

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This may represent an injury from weeks or even months ago that she may not recall. See if the ridge is growing out. You should notice that the ridge is getting closer to the end of the toe with each passing week. If it is NOT moving you may wish to have her pediatrician or podiatrist take a look at it.
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Dr. Steven Frydman answered:

Why are there cracks and ridges on toenails?

Fungus

Fungus
You may have the start of a fungus infection.
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What causes lines, ridges & bumps in fingernails & toenails?

Low vitamins

Fingernails
often vitamin deficiency.
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Have thick ridge of skin under toenails, makes it hard to trim them short enough. painful if try to remove.

See a podiatrist

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You need to have them examined and see what can be done
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Dr. Fred Birnbaum answered:

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

Ridges on nails

Toenails
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.
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Dr. Jeffrey Bowman answered:

This morning, I woke up a few times with a very sharp stabbing pain near the tip of my left big toe. The pain came and went suddenly. The toenail has ridges, brown/yellow coloring in mid-upper right part and has slight swelling. What should I do?

Ingrown Nail

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Sounds like you may have an infected ingrown nail. Soak in warm water and Epsom salt or bedatine solution and see a podiatrist in the area.
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Dr. Robert Kwok answered:

Ingrowing toenail?

Mild, moderate, bad?

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Mild cases of ingrown toenails can resolve without surgery. A doctor can examine an ingrown nail and talk about what should be done. In mild cases, the sharp piece of the nail may be encouraged to grow over the skin or next to the skin, instead of into the skin. After a couple of weeks, that corner of the toenail might be ok.
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Black dot on toenail?

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It is probably dried blood either on or most likely under the toenail
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