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What causes ridges and bumps on fingernails?

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

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 ridges & bumps on fingernails?

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 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 causes bumps in fingernails?

What causes bumps in fingernails?

Varies: Bumps 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. Follow with your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a bump under my thumbnail. No other fingernails are affected. I have hypothyroidism. What could be the cause?

If your thyroid: Level has been normalized by the proper amount of brand name T4 replacement, the bump is not due to your thyroid. There are many possible causes. Have your doctor take a look at it and help figure it out. ...Read more

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I have horizontal ridges or bumps on my left thumb and right middle fingernails. May sound trivial but have never had them. Should I be concerned?

I have horizontal ridges or bumps on my left thumb and right middle fingernails. May sound trivial but have never had them. Should I be concerned?

Usually...: ...Due to a mild trauma to the growth plate of the nail (just under the cuticle) at some point in the past, with the ridge moving along the nail as it grows. ...Read more

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I have flesh colored, small bumps on my outer labia. I can pick them off with my fingernail which causes bleeding. No discharge or pain. Have pictures?

I have flesh colored, small bumps on my outer labia. I can pick them off with my fingernail which causes bleeding. No discharge or pain. Have pictures?

Want to know why?: Do you want to know what these are or why they are present? Instead of "picking" them, pick a GYN MD instead to answer the question raised. ...Read more

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I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Interstitial cystitis, fibro, tachycardia, anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

I have ridges or bumpy fingernails on my right hand. I've been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Interstitial cystitis, fibro, tachycardia, anxiety. I have bumps that stay on my arms (rash) and thighs. They will also pop up behind my ears and down my nec

CONSULT DERMATOLOGIS: With your History of Multible Medical Conditions, and you have to on few medications and the rash you described
It is very difficult to say what is causing the bumps on your arms and thighs
I will suggest you consult a Dematologist to find what these bumps are due to ...Read more

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My finger nail has a darker pink color sorrounding the white part at the beginning and a bump in the middle that evens out at the end what can it be?

My finger nail has a darker pink color sorrounding the white part at the beginning and a bump in the middle that evens out at the end what can it be?

Nail damage: This suggest you have nail damage. It does not say what it's from. It could be due to the systemic illness, mechanical or even trauma or damage in this sort. Ask your physician to have you see a dermatologist who can help clarify the cause of this. ...Read more

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I have a reddish whiteish bump beside my finger nail on my skin. It hurts when I touch it. What is it?!

I have a reddish whiteish bump beside my finger nail on my skin. It hurts when I touch it. What is it?!

Paronychia: Yes. This is a common problem. You have an infection and need to be on antibiotics. Please get in to see your physician today. ...Read more

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I got stinging pain under my finger nail. It stings to touch, and there appears to be a very small bump compared to my other fingers, what could this be?

Well: This could be infection bacterial viral or fungus or cyst or growth. Recommend in person face-to-face or Healthtap video visit to diagnose and treat this ...Read more

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I have a pimple like bump on my mons pubis. It's red, and it only hurts if I poke it with my finger nail, other then that it doesn't hurt or itch.

Hair follicle: Could be infected, particularly if you shave or groom the area. Try some topical antibiotic cream. You might want to avoid shaving the area for a few days to prevent spreading germs. ...Read more

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I have these small flesh color bumps on my mons pubis they look just like skin tags and I can pinch them off with my finger nails. What could they be?

I have these small flesh color bumps on my mons pubis they look just like skin tags and I can pinch them off with my finger nails. What could they be?

Needs to be seen: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. Folliculitis is one possibility. Consider a Healthtap virtual visit. ...Read more

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I have white bumps on the back of my throat. They seem like a pimple. I can pop them with my finger nail. What could this be?

I have white bumps on the back of my throat. They seem like a pimple. I can pop them with my finger nail. What could this be?

Tonsilliths?: This sounds like tonsilliths. The only permanent cure is tonsillectomy, however, one safe way to get them out if they hurt is to use a water pick. ...Read more

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I'm a 44 year old mother of 4 and housewife. I have bumps and pitts on my finger nails on my left hand should I be worried.

I'm a 44 year old mother of 4 and housewife. I have bumps and pitts on my finger nails on my left hand should I be worried.

Nail pits: There are a number of different causes of pitting of the nails. One of these is psoriasis. See your dermatologist for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment (if indicated). ...Read more

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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 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 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 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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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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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

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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 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 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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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 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 bumps in the butt area?

What causes bumps in the butt area?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What if the bump is small an it causes pain?

Small bump: There is limited information but even small bumps if ganglion cysts at wrist or infections (like pimples0 can cause pain. It depends where they are- near nerves and what is inside. F/u w/doc ...Read more

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What causes bumps on the areola?

What causes bumps on the areola?

Normal: There are two types of bumps. The areola has many small glands that produce lubricating secretions for the nipple. These glands get larger as we age, and become more obvious. Also there are erectile muscles beneath the skin of the areola that can can make the areola "bunch up" when it is cold or stimulated. ...Read more

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What causes strange bumps on the face?

What causes strange bumps on the face?

Depends: Are these acute onset or have they grown over time? Are they symptomatic, painful, red, inflammed, growing (spreading) from one spot. The possibilities are quite large and should be evaluated by a dermatologist, probably fairly soon. ...Read more