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Doctor insights on: Ridges In Nails Causes

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Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Nail ridges: Most people have some ridges on their nails and this is normal. If ridges are new or different, then see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can ridges on my finger nails be caused from?

What can ridges on my finger nails be caused from?

Finger Nail abnormal: Ridges on one's finger nails are often related to smoking. This damage to tissue is a late symptoms of prolonged lung damage and can even be a sign that one is developing emphysema.

There are other rare reasons for this. But this is the most common reason i know.

If you do not smoke or have never smoked then a good dermatologist may be able to help sort this out for you. ...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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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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Often notice horizontal ridges on thumb nail, usually only one nail. Currently there are 2 horizontal on one nail. What could cause this ?

Often notice horizontal ridges on thumb nail, usually only one nail. Currently there are 2 horizontal on one nail. What could cause this ?

If only on ONE: nail it usually indicates TRAUMA to that cuticle at a remote time (often seen with manicures)
Multiple horizontal ridges indicate an ILLNESS or NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY at the time of the nail growth.

Hope this helps
NOTE THYROID conditions have been associated with nail abnormalities. ...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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What would cause ridges in your finger nails?

What would cause ridges in your finger nails?

Psoriasis!: Certainly many causes, but psoriasis of the nails is most common. The london criteria for psoriasis allow the diagnosis my finding characteristic ridging (horizontal), pitting, onychollysis in five of ten nails in the hands, without skin lesions being identified. Vertical ridging is not specific at all. Psoriasis is commonly associated with arthritis. ...Read more

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What causes the deep ridges in my finger nails?

What causes the deep ridges in my finger nails?

Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.

Vertical nail ridges 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. ...Read more

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I have horizontal ridges on both my thumb nail, all my other nails are fine, I chew my skin on my thumbs, is this the cause or am I lacking something?

I have horizontal ridges on both my thumb nail, all my other nails are fine, I chew my skin on my thumbs, is this the cause or am I lacking something?

Lacking the...: Sounds like one is lacking the ability to stop chewing on his thumbs. If one stops chewing on the Right thumb, and continues chewing on his Left thumb (as a way to satisfy his compulsion to thumb-chew), and the unchewed Right thumb becomes normal, then he has his answer proven. Otherwise, a dermatologist can help, with an exam. ...Read more

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Could PKD cause horizontals ridges/indents in the nails? For years now I have them on both of my thumbs & sometimes on pointer fingers.

Could PKD cause horizontals ridges/indents in the nails? For years now I have them on both of my thumbs & sometimes on pointer fingers.

Changes in nails: are associated with chronic kidney disease, not that just caused by polycystic kidney disease. The buildup of nitrogen waste products seems to be the culprit as well as medications and malnutrition. These horizontal or transverse ridges are called Beau's lines. Your kidney disease has interfered with the growth of the nail. The ridged nails can also be spoon-shaped/concave from anemia. ...Read more

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I recently noticed raised horizontal ridges that run across my fingernails in a crescent moon shape same color as my nail. What causes this?

I recently noticed raised horizontal ridges that run across my fingernails in a crescent moon shape same color as  my nail. What causes this?

Beaus lines: Interruptions in the nail growth plates cause these horizontal ridges. Usually due to severe illness a few months ago. ...Read more

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What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

Beaus lines: The vertical ridges are called beauslines and usually for during an illness or traumatic event, where nails stop growing for a period and then start again once a person is well. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Nail ridges: There are many types of nail findings. Ridges can be a chronic illness, anemia, kidney disease, skin diseases, or arthritis problems the treatment is to cure the illness and the nails will get better. ...Read more

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What causes rippled nails?

What causes rippled nails?

Verticle Nail Ridges: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.
Vertical nail ridges 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 fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes nail clubbing?

What causes nail clubbing?

Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...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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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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What could cause your nails to stop growing?

What could cause your nails to stop growing?

Stress.: During periods of physiological stress, nails may slow or even stop growing until the stress is eliminated. It is thought that the energy used to support nail growth is shifted to deal with the energy requirements to handle the physiological stress. ...Read more