Doctor insights on:
Nail Ridges Deficiency
I was told the ridges on my nails are from a protien deficiency, I thought it was because im coeliac B12 deficient. Are they related?
What causes ridges in fingernails and how can I treat them? Not all of my nails have ridges. Is this a result of a vitamin or mineral deficiency?
Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about. They 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.
If your 6 yr old's fingernails change color or develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your pediatrician or dermatologist. ...Read more
My normally healthy nails which were once pretty long have started to chip and become very brittle? Could it be a sign of deficiency?
Nails: There are many nutrients that might cause nail striations but depends usually on the actual appearance of the change to define reason. For example protein malnutrition can cause bumpy striations, zinc deficiency can cause white marks as can some other factors not related to deficiencies. ...Read more
My nails grow les. M habitual of bitting them...Is it any deficiency.? If not how can I hav long and strong nails
I think...: ...Your question has a built-in answer: biting nails is the problem, stopping nailbiting is the solution. Of deficiencies, iron and vitamin d are the most common, and you may have one or both, but it's unlikely there is any connection to the nail problem. ...Read more
It might but...: I searched & found sites claiming lack of lunula indicate B12 deficiency but have found no objective evidence to support this- it may be true for some but there is no proof. Others say it means hypothyroidism or poor circulation. I don't think anyone knows for sure! See http://www. Healingwell. Com/community/default. Aspx? F=30&m=1630799 & http://www. Normanallan. Com/med/askdr/finger. Html#moons. ...Read more
Silica: Is the first one I think of. Calcium can be another. There is a supplement called horsetail or hair, skin, and nails that is very helpful for many. See if that helps over three months...If not see your doctor. There is a great micronutrient test called spectracell (www. Spectracell. Com) that may also be helpful to you. ...Read more
I noticed a single gray line, appearing on my thumb nail, which goes from the tip of the nail to end. Vertically. Could this be a sign of a deficiency?
Probably benign: The diagnosis that seems to most closely fit with your description (without a picture) is melanonychia striata, which is most common in the thumb. It results from increased melanin deposit in the nail plate. This can be caused by bleeding into the nail plate, a small foreign body, fungal infection or wart, or tumor-like growth of melanocyte. A skilled dermatologist needs to examine it for you. ...Read more
Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?
Horizontal line nail: If lines are sort of spotty and don't span entire width of the nail, most likely it's due to some minor trauma. These grow out with the nail. If lines span the entire width of the nail, and don't grow with the nail this may be related to a protein deficiency or a number of systemic conditions. The list of possible conditions long. Please have this evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Nail changes: True.Get a more detailed answer ›
Thinning nails and: Actually, this is to questions, and I show address the thing of nails. Thinning of nails is most often thought to be an age related phenomenon. As we age our nails get sooner and more brittle and well this is most commonly age-related, there are conditions such as thyroid deficiencies which can cause this. ...Read more
My 3years old has had nail pitting for a year, had iron deficiency and has been on iron supplements. What could be wrong?
See another MD: Since it has been a year, see an MD again and have them do a complete blood screening. ...Read more
My 18 month old has a lot of white spots on his nails. Is that an indication of vitamin deficiency?
Not necessarily: Some kids and adults have them and nothing is wrong. But do get your kiddo checked to be sure. ...Read more
For MD: Last few months nails show pits, dents. Parts of nail thin out, tiny cracks where polish gets stuck when I try to remove the nail polish. I also saw pit form when I put nail polish. Causes? Vit./Mineral deficiency? Eczema? Any natural remedy?
Toenails are separating from nail bed, and hair falls out in large amounts, cause? No fungus, no TSH deficiency, no vitamin deficiency...
I have protein c & s deficiency in the first stages. I am also 29 with brittle hair and nails. Is this related and can I prevent more breakage?
Unrelated: Please get your physicians to clarify what's meant by "protein c & s deficiency in the first stages." I'm familiar with both of these and they won't make your hair or nails brittle. I'm glad you're taking a proactive approach to your health & hope that the blood abnormality never proves seriously troublesome. ...Read more
I have vitamin deficiency of d, calcium, b-12.Dr suggests extra. Vitamins. My nails never grew and brittle. Now they are strong and growing fast. Why?
Vitamin D: Vitamin d is necessary for healthy nails, skin and bones as well as many other important functions in the body. ...Read more
What are the typical symptoms of someone who has a vitamin d deficiency I also suffer from low iron can the two go hand in hand? .
All gradual: The symptoms tend to be gradual as in the case of osteoporosis. In my experience, some patients may develop an itchy skin rash from vitamin d deficiency (no published report) as vit d3 is considered an immune regulator, some have considered its deficiency to play a role in multiple sclerosis. Another reported noted reduced response to inhaled steroid in children with asthma when vit d3 is low. ...Read more
I'm b12 deficiency I get injection every 8 weeks. My throat feels like someone is pressing there hand on it. Its at the thyroid part of my neck.
I am suffering from hand weakness... I have irritable bowel syndrome and B12 deficiency... Is that the cause of my severe hand weakness. I'm 19 years?
Surprising issues: Most cases of b-12 deficiency occur in older age group. Who made this diagnosis? Need to check b-12 and methyl melonic acid levels. If hand weakness on one or both sides, could be due to nerve compression at wrist or elbow, and may be carpal tunnel. See a well versed internist and address all of this. May be see a neurologist later. ...Read more
I had tiny brown spots appear on my right hand seemingly overnight. There is no pain or itching. I am breastfeeding; could this be vitamin deficiency?
Probably not: Since breastfeeding moms have been, and usually still are, taking prenatal vitamins or once-a-day multivitamins, having vitamin deficiencies to the point of actually getting symptoms are unlikely. If there are any other symptoms present, a primary care doctor can evaluate the rash and other symptoms. ...Read more
My 12 yr old boy has brown finger nails and toe nails. Is that a anemia or vitamin deficiency? He's tried a lot.
6 year old boy has thin splitting finger nails and toe nails, and teeth are decaying. Is there a vitamin deficiency?
Syndrome: There a number of syndromes with these signs. See a dermatologist and your dentist. Have them consult with each other. ...Read more