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Doctor insights on: Ridged Nails

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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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Vertical ridges on nails and sign of low magnesium?

Vertical ridges on nails and sign of low magnesium?

Nail ridges: Vertical ridges on the nails -- meaning they run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail -- are normal. They become more common with age. http://tinyurl.com/mje8xmn magnesium deficiency can sometimes be associated with soft or brittle nails, though. It's horizontal ridges (across the nail's width) that can be more indicative of various illnesses. ...Read more

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How to fix ridges in my nail?

How to fix ridges in my nail?

Depends on direction: If the ridges are horizontal (directed toward the sides of your feet), they will usually grow out with the nail over time. If they are vertical (directed toward the front and back of the foot) they can be permanent. I recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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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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What causes ridges in the nails?

What causes ridges in the nails?

Trauma or illness: If only one nail is involved it could be due to trauma from approximately 4-6 months ago. The nail is made in the nail matrix which is right beneath the cuticle. Thus, it is easy to injure this area. However, if all nails are involved look back 4-6 months ago...Did you have a high fever or surgery? Stresses such as these can give ridges in multiple nails. See your doctor for further eval. ...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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Can you tell me how to fix ridges in my nail?

Can you tell me how to fix ridges in my nail?

It depends: Some types of ridges are permanent and some are temporary. If the ridges are the same direction as the growth of your nail, they are usually permanent and due to trauma. Ridges that go side to side are often temporary and will grow out with time. Ridges can be caused by toenail fungus as well. I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more