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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 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 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 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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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 in the fingernails from malnutition?

What causes ridges in the fingernails from malnutition?

Varies: Ridges in the fingernails of patients can result from trauma or focal compression on the nail matrix. It can also be a sign of a systemic disease process. ...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

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What causes ridges and bumps on 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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What causes a horizontal ridge or bump on a fingernail?

What causes a horizontal ridge or bump on a fingernail?

NAIL RIDGE FINGER: A SINGLE HORIZONTAL FINGERNAIL RIDGE IS HARMLESS. IT DEPENDS ON WHICH NAIL, WHEN IT BEGAN, WHAT HABIT DO YOU HAVE WITH THAT PARTICULAR NAIL, AND MORE OF A HISTORY. IT SOUND BENIGN AND HARMLESS. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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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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I am noticing deep ridges on my fingernails. Is this a symptom of something? I am a 65 year old female.

I am noticing deep ridges on my fingernails. Is this a symptom of something? I am a 65 year old female.

Hard : Hard to tell without a picture. Depends a bit on the orientation of the ridges (vertical vs. Horizontal). Vertical ridging running the length of the nail is common (genetically) and also typically a normal sign of aging, whereas horizontal ridging is caused by other factors. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation. I hope that helps. ...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 horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

Protein deficiency: Malnutrition with low protein intake or chronic illnesses that cause consumption of body reserves lead to poor nail quality with horizontal ridges marking when it occurred chronologically. ...Read more

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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