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What Causes Rippled Finger Nails
Your health status: Are the ripples longitudinal along the length of the nail or horizontal across the nails - also called mees lines. These can occur in a variety of medical conditions. In fact textbooks have been written on nail changes and the relationship to diseases. To answer your question will depend on your health status as the appearance of your nails may be related to your health status.See 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: There are different reasons why groves occur. It would help to have your family physician examine your nails. But I'll name a few things that can occur; trauma, psoriasis and congenital formation. These are all "out of the box" possibilities but in reality the chances of something really serious is remote.
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.
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.
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.
Vasoconstriction: Vasoconstriction of the vessels can cause nails to turn blue. Known as raynaud's phenomenon, the constriction causes a loss of bloodflow in the area and improper oxygenation. The bluish color is described sometimes cyanotic. Another cause of blue nails can be from trauma due to a subungual hematoma (blood blister under the nail).See 1 more doctor answer
NO!: Never heard of such connection...Get a more detailed answer ›
Zinc: (Beau's line) have a variety of possible causes: 1. nail injury (biting nails, crush injury or pressure to nail in runners). 2. Chemicals (some nail polish removers. 3.) Infections- yeast/ fungus, viral warts. 4. Skin cancer (malignant melanoma). 5. Renal, liver, thyroid diseases, Raynaud's Disease. 6. arsenic poisoning or silver overdose 7. malnutrition. 8. Zinc Deficiency.
No need to worry: According to the american academy of dermatology, the white spots occur after injury to the nail. Fortunately, as the nail grows out, the spot will disappear. No need to worry.
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.
Hgb saturation: Hemoglobin carries oxygen. Oxygenated or reduced or saturated hemoglobin look red (emission of lightwave). When the o2 does not occupy the ligands in hemoglobin, they change the rotation of light and look blue. When a certain amount of hemoglobin is desaturated or deoxygenated, we see blue, like in the veins..See 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: Including nutritional issues, nail polish allergy, fungal infections and an assortment of dermatological problems from psoriasis to lichen planus. If you're losing weight and are depressed, it may be nutritional. Best to see a dermatologist about this. Good luck!See 1 more doctor answer
Ingrown finger nails, every one of them. I don't bite & do manicure. What is the cause & what kind of dr do I need to see?
FootAndHandDisease: You say you"do"manicure.Meaning you are a manicurist or you get your nails done? If the latter, maybe consider the chemicals you are using. If the former, maybe consider the chemicals they are using. Or how short the nails are cut. As for to whom to go, I'd call a podiatrist (foot doctor)and see if they were comfortable looking at your nails. Same basic principles for foot & hand nails.
This could be a: Bacterial or fungal infection, or even stain from chemical agents. See dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options
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