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Dr. Oscar Novick
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What causes rippled fingernails? And what is the appropriate treatment?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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What causes rippled fingernails? And what is the appropriate treatment?

Rippled nails: Nails can reflecta possible systemic illness rippled nails can be found with psoriasis, fungal infections, anemia and lack of calcium in the diet. Treatment may be varied according to the cause. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Ridges/ripples on fingernails. No trauma to nail bed. I do have guttate psoriasis, could this be the cause? Am II getting arthritis soon?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Ridges/ripples on fingernails. No trauma to nail bed. I do have guttate psoriasis, could this be the cause? Am II getting arthritis soon?

Variable: Most longitudinal are not significant. Transverse need explanation and good history and exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What are the vertical ridged striations in my fingernails caused by, and is this cause for alarm?

Soft nails: A number of concubines can result in linear striations poor nutritional state, low vitamin levels. Two products which can strengthen the nails are deramanail and genedur. The addition of oral digestive enzymes is useful for strengthening weak nails according dr jonathan wright of the tahoma clinic. ...Read more

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Dr. Aletha Tippett
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What causes these vertical ridges in my fingernails?

Dr. Aletha Tippett
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What causes ridges in your fingernails?

Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What causes ridges in your fingernails?

Thinning : Thin nails tend to ridge or curve. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Younggren
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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What might cause horizontal ridges on the fingernails?

Dr. Bradley Younggren
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
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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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Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Why do fingernails twist as they grow and cause pain?

Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Why do fingernails twist as they grow and cause pain?

Fingernail problem: There are many reasons for the deformation of the fingernails. Among these are some very important systemic diseases. Many facets of fingernail growth are assessed by dermatologist when she or he he looks at them. See a dermatologist now. No excuses. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
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I have horizontal dents in some of my fingernails. I heard this can indicate certain health problems. Can this happen without any underlying cause?

Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Usually not: This usually is from a stressful event in life that interrupts nail growth. ...Read more

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Dr. William A Biermann
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

Dr. William A Biermann
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time. I often see this in my oncology patient with certain chemotherapy. They well have lines in the nails. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What would cause horizontal ridges on fingernails?

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
27 years in practice
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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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