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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a : Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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Dry split finger tips?

Dry split finger tips?

Eczema: Most common cause is eczema or dry skin from over washing, chemical exposure or contact dermatitis. Wear protective gloves washing dishes and working with detergents or chemicals. Moisturizer frequently, use aquaphor or vaseline under cotton gloves at bedtime. ...Read more

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Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Why are my nails thin, flimsy, brittle, peeling, grow downwards toward finger, "ridged" with vertical lines, break easily? Toenails aren't like this.

Many possibilities : So there are many possible causes of nail disease. Common causes are vitamin deficiencies, skin diseases such as psoriasis, infections, etc. The curvature of the nail toward the finger might be something known as clubbing. This can occur in lung or heart problems and is common among smokers. Might be best to consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My nails split vertically. They are thin, brittle, and they split to flesh. What is wrong?

My nails split vertically. They are thin, brittle, and they split to flesh. What is wrong?

Many causes: Brittle nails are not uncommon and may be due to environmental or medical conditions.Trauma, excessive wetting & drying, detergent or solvent exposure all may be casues. Underlying diseases include hypothyroidism, raynaud's disease, psoriasis, endocrine or immune disorders, pulmonary disease and some medications may also cause brittle nails. Biotin or gelatin supplementation have been suggested. ...Read more

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Splitting nails down the middle?

Splitting  nails down the middle?

Many possibilities: Longitudinal nail splitting is seen in psoriasis, fungal nail infections, and lichen planus (a relative of psoriasis). A dermatologist can help you pinpoint the cause, and prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

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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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How can I make my psoriasis nails look better. Right now my toe nails and finger nails look odd.My toe nails became thick and black.

How can I make my psoriasis nails look better. Right now my toe nails and finger nails look odd.My toe nails became thick and black.

Psoriatic nail: cannot fight your "genes" the psoriasis is an auto immune condition. I've had some success with cold laser treatments on the nails. the blackness under the nail is most likely a fungus - the nail needs to be removed and an antifungal solution or polish should be applied to get rid of that problem ...Read more

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My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle. What would cause this?

My finger nails and toe nails are so thin. They split down the middle.  What would cause this?

Genetic issues: nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes. ...Read more

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

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

Ridges on nails: 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. ...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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Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

It's possible.: Try it and see. Get a manicure and pretty polish. Notice how good nails look and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Change in color of toe nails and finger nails. Should i worry?

Change in color of toe nails and finger nails.  Should i worry?

Nails: Changes in the color of your toenails and fingernails may indicate that you have a fungus. You should see a dermatologist or a podiatrist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My fingernails are rippled especially my thumb nails .

My fingernails are rippled especially my thumb nails .

Probably normal: If you are describing ridges that extend from your cuticle to the tip of your nail they are normal. They tend to become more common as you get older. ...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