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Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Most always, vertical nail ridges simply indicate an aging nail. Just as we can get lines or wrinkles on our face and body, we can get "lines" or "ridges" on our nails. ...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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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)?

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 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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I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

I have horizontal nail ridges on thumb and little finger for 6 months now. Is it due to hormonal imbalance, nerve damage, or anemia?

Beau's Lines: The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with beau's lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia. Beau's lines can also also be a sign of zinc deficiency. ...Read more

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I have ezcema and it got under my fingernail and now my nail has ridges in it is there anyway to get my nail looking normal again?

I have ezcema and it got under my fingernail and now my nail has ridges in it is there anyway to get my nail looking normal again?

Correct diagnosis?: I would want to see if you have correct diagnosis first. Eczema? Fungal? Psoriasis? The answer to your question depends upon the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Toe nail broke all the way across and grew a new one over the old one that was lifted from the skin. Happened on both big toes and nails had ridges?

Toe nail broke all the way across and grew a new one over the old one that was lifted from the skin.  Happened on both big toes and nails had ridges?

Trauma: The toenail probably broke because you traumatized it. This can occur from a direct blow or from microtrauma from playing some sport. The ridges on the nail are an indication that you may be chronically traumatizing your toenail. The new nail will grow out but may be slightly deformed. You should probably let the podiatrist take a look. ...Read more

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My finger nails have ridges, splitting and peeling. For the past year this has been a serious problem. Is this part of maturity. I am in my sixties?

My finger nails  have ridges, splitting and peeling. For the past year this has been a serious problem. Is this part of maturity. I am in my sixties?

Yes: Yes this is. You can reduce this by taking 2500 mcg of biotin daily. You can use eucerin smooth essentials lotion on nails frequently during the day. You can soak nails before bedtime in lukewarm water for 5 to 10 minutes immediately apply vaseline to nails and wear cotton gloves while sleeping. ...Read more