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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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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
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.. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
See a doctor:
It could be fungal but there are systemic conditions that can also have this affect on nails.
See a dermatologist or podiatrisrt ...Read more
Genetic issues: Nail issues can be hereditary, nutritional or trauma related. I would not be concerned unless they get worse. Look for changes. ...Read more
I woke up and I notice my finger nails are yellow. What can be the causes? Don't wear nail polish or fake nails.
Good news: The good news is that nail changes from serious disease to not occur overnight. Nails can be discolored by coming into contact with chemicals, dyes, spices, etc. Have you been using your hands for any new projects lately? ...Read more
I have a bad habit of biting my finger nails and sometimes I swallow the nails. Can this cause internal bleeding?
What causes a person's hair and finger nails to grow so quick just because he/she lives in hot and humid weather nine months a year?
Hair growth: Is determined by metabolism. Exercise and supplementation may increase hair growth marginally. ...Read more
Head & body: Lice are different entities.Get a more detailed answer ›
See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
I have depression and anxiety im am getting small pin pricks in my finger nails also pains in my hand and and ankles does this still cause this pain?
Please get checked: By your doc to rule out possible physical causes for your symptoms. Then you can see a psychologist. You may be the type of person who manifests his/her anxiety/depression in bodily symptoms, like guitar strings that vibrate to strumming. There are effective treatments for this. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Beau's lines BAD on toenails, flakey ugly finger nails, BAD diffuse scalp, eyebrow and ALL over body hair loss. 1 year worsening. Possible causes?
Beaus lines: Recommend 2nd opinion with me. You can send pictures and we can figure this out. ...Read more
Dermatologist helps: For bumpy fingernails, a primary care doctor can check and may refer to a dermatologist. If one has had bumpy fingernails forever, it may be a hereditary trait (which is unlikely to be treatable). If the bumpy nails came up recently, the doctors can figure out a diagnosis to see whether or not there is an illness. Psoriasis is a disorder that can cause nail changes. ...Read more
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