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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

Many reasons: Vertical ridges on nails are basically harmless & can be related to heredity, aging, & nail dryness or injury. The appearance of ridges may be reduced by regular moisturizing of the nail & cuticle & avoidance of harsh soaps that are drying. Nail appearance can reflect overall health and nutrient status so supplementation may help. Consider fish oil, biotin, &/or a multivitamin with minerals. ...Read more

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What causes vertical ridges on my fingernails? I have it nearly all fingers.

What causes vertical ridges on my fingernails?  I have it nearly all fingers.

Mainly aging: Increase in vertical ridges of the fingernails as age, and this can be a normal development. Onychorrhexis is the medical term used to describe longitudinal ridges on the nails that often accompany brittle nails.Trauma may also be a cause of nail ridges. Nutritional causes such as vitamin deficiency less common. ...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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What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

Soft nails: A number of concubines can result in linear striations poor nutritional state, low vitamin levels. Two products which can strengthen the nails are deramanail and genedur. The addition of oral digestive enzymes is useful for strengthening weak nails according dr jonathan wright of the tahoma clinic. ...Read more

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What could cause a brown vertical line and horizontal ridges on one side of only one fingernail?

What could cause a brown vertical line and horizontal ridges on one side of only one fingernail?

More info needed: Sounds like you damaged the nail bed at some point in time. Could also be fungal. Can you re-ask your question and attach a picture???? ...Read more

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What causes brittle fingernails with vertical ridges?

Brittle nails: Everyone has brittle nails to some extent, some more than others. Aging can cause slowed nail growth and dull, brittle, or yellowish nails as the flow of moisture and natural oils to the nail bed declines. A lack of moisture or too much moisture can worsen an already brittle condition. Dry heat, detergents, nail polish remover, or harsh chemicals encourage cracked and dry brittle nails. ...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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I have raised vertical ridges in a couple of my finger nails for about the past 6 months. What could this be a sign of?

I have raised vertical ridges in a couple of my finger nails for about the past 6 months. What could this be a sign of?

Nothing too serious: Although you are a young woman, these are not uncommon as we age. They may reflect a b vitamin deficiency and might benefit from supplements or dietary changes. If they were across the nail, it would be a different matter. That could be a sign of a serious medical problem for which you'd want to see a doctor. Happily, your ridges run from the base to the tip. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

Nail ridges: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more

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What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

Beau's lines: Beau's lines, which are grooves that run horizontally across the nail plate. They usually develop when nail plate growth, which begins in the nail matrix (located under the cuticle), is temporarily disrupted. This can occur with direct injury to the nail matrix; an inflammatory condition such as psoriasis; infection around the nail plate; repetitive picking at the nails or cuticles; or sickness. ...Read more

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Why might someone have ridges in their fingernails?

Nail ridges: Very many causes. I would google this and then look at images to see what matches yours. Then show to your Dr. ...Read more

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What might cause horizontal ridges on the fingernails?

It depends: Changes in fingernails can be indicative of an underlying medical disorder. Ridges or bumps can be related to iron deficiency. Anemia, lupus, heart disease, and thyroid disorders can also can changes to the fingernails. Fungal infection also can cause bumps and discoloration of the nailbed. ...Read more

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My 20 yr ok son has ridges on his fingernails and one of them is falling off?

Normal variation: In most cases, longitudinal ridges on nails are a normal findings as people grow older. At younger age like your son, pl. make sure he is checked by his PMD for any potential medical cause that may include some nutritional deficiency. ...Read more

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What causes black vertical lines under fingernails ? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

What causes black vertical lines under fingernails ? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

Blood clots : Tiny blood clots, usually broken off from heart valves then float to the end arteries of the fingertips and get caught in the capillaries of the nail bed. They are not dangerous in and of themselves, but could be reflective of a heart problem. ...Read more

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One of my fingernails is turning black and they all have ridges. ....what could be causing this?

One of my fingernails is turning black and they all have ridges. ....what could be causing this?

Nail issues: The best thing would be to have it checked out as it could be anything from fungal infection to injury or other disease. If you have ridges it could also be fungal infection but it is difficult to say without looking at it. See your doctor. If it developed acutely it could be an injury but you would have known it since it would be painful to have it bleed and have the blood underneath turn dark. ...Read more

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For the past 3 years I've gotten horizontal ridges across the fingernails. Not very deep that come and go. What could this be?

For the past 3 years I've gotten horizontal ridges across the fingernails. Not very deep that come and go. What could this be?

Many Causes: These can include:
1, Diet and nutritional issues, respiratory illnesses, autoimmune issues, skin disorders, harsh toxins, Trauma and many other reason. You can discuss this with physician, dermatologist to focus on this. ...Read more

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What causes ridges & bumps on fingernails?

A number of things: Nail issues really need to be examined to determine a clear diagnosis and possible cause. However, some ridges can be entirely normal. Repetitive trauma can cause nail changes as can disease states. ...Read more