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What causes rippled finger nails?

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. ...Read more

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What causes groves in finger nails?

What causes groves in finger nails?

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. ...Read more

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What causes my finger nails to look purplel?

What causes my finger nails to look purplel?

Purple nails: Likely from poor circulation. Could be a condition called raynaud's phenomenon which affects as many as 8% of the population. ...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 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 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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Does your thyroid cause your finger nails to look bad?

Does your thyroid cause your finger nails to look bad?

It might: Thyroid diseases such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may cause brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate (onycholysis), i must say that nail changes are more commonly associated with hyperthyroidism (graves' disease). ...Read more

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I have vertical line ridging on my finger nails at age 19, cause for concern?

I have vertical line ridging on my finger nails at age 19, cause for concern?

Not concerned.: Longitudinal ridges and normal furrowing of the nail are generally benign and need no special treatment of their own. If there is an underlying disease (peripheral vascular disease, darier's disease, lichen planus, rheumatoi arthritis) it should be treated. ...Read more

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What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

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). ...Read more

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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