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What do ridged nails mean?

What do ridged nails mean?

Maybe normal but...: Nail ridges (vertical) are frequently normal, but horizontal ridging may suggest psoriasis, which may olny appear on the nails. If concerned, see your pcp, dermatologist, or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Horizontal nail ridges always mean onychomycosis or are there other reasons for this?

Horizontal nail ridges always mean onychomycosis or are there other reasons for this?

Not necessary fungus: These may not be fungal in nature. There are other causes such as outside injury to the nail plate, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more

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Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Most always, vertical nail ridges simply indicate an aging nail. Just as we can get lines or wrinkles on our face and body, we can get "lines" or "ridges" on our nails. ...Read more

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What causes ridges in the nails?

What causes ridges in the nails?

Trauma or illness: If only one nail is involved it could be due to trauma from approximately 4-6 months ago. The nail is made in the nail matrix which is right beneath the cuticle. Thus, it is easy to injure this area. However, if all nails are involved look back 4-6 months ago...Did you have a high fever or surgery? Stresses such as these can give ridges in multiple nails. See your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Do vertical nail ridges grow out?

Fingernail Ridges: Vertical fingernail ridges
fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridges. Vertical ridges are normal and are not a sign of any medical health concern. They extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an aligned and orderly positioning. They appear more prominently with age. ...Read more

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I have horizontal wavy nail ridges. What is that?

I have horizontal wavy nail ridges. What is that?

a reaction to somet: Those types of lines can be due to stress or chemicals such as chemotherapy. ...Read more

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My nails have little pin type dots wholes on them with ridges.

My nails have little pin type dots wholes on them with ridges.

Arthritis?: Do you suffer from any joint pain? Some nail changes can occur with certain types of arthritis, such as psoriatic arthritis, it can also be aproblem with the nails, such as an infection. A dermatologist can help you. ...Read more

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My nails have little pin type dots on them with ridges. What is this?

My nails have little pin type dots on them with ridges. What is this?

Psoriasis: These changes consistent with pin type dots or "pitting" of the nails, with ridging is very commonly associated with psoriasis. ...Read more

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Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Why are there ridges on my nails? What causes them? And can it be cured?

Nail ridges: Most people have some ridges on their nails and this is normal. If ridges are new or different, then see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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My nails have little pin type dots on them with ridges. What could this be?

My nails have little pin type dots on them with ridges. What could this be?

Psoriasis: Nail pitting is commonly seen in nail psoriasis. A dermatologist should be able to tell you if this is the case. ...Read more

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How to fix ridges in my nail?

How to fix ridges in my nail?

Depends on direction: If the ridges are horizontal (directed toward the sides of your feet), they will usually grow out with the nail over time. If they are vertical (directed toward the front and back of the foot) they can be permanent. I recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to fix ridges in my nail?

Can you tell me how to fix ridges in my nail?

It depends: Some types of ridges are permanent and some are temporary. If the ridges are the same direction as the growth of your nail, they are usually permanent and due to trauma. Ridges that go side to side are often temporary and will grow out with time. Ridges can be caused by toenail fungus as well. I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Beau's lines: Some are infection in nail bed, injury, skin disease, low calcium, chemotherapy drugs. ...Read more

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Vertical ridges on nails and sign of low magnesium?

Vertical ridges on nails and sign of low magnesium?

Nail ridges: Vertical ridges on the nails -- meaning they run from the cuticle to the tip of the nail -- are normal. They become more common with age. Http://tinyurl. Com/mje8xmn magnesium deficiency can sometimes be associated with soft or brittle nails, though. It's horizontal ridges (across the nail's width) that can be more indicative of various illnesses. ...Read more

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Why have I begun to get ridges and bumps on my nails?

Why have I begun to get ridges and bumps on my nails?

Nutrition or illness: There are many different reasons for ridges...Past illness/stress, trauma, nutritional deficiencies. Have a dermatologist look at your nail beds and a diagnosis can usually be made. ...Read more

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I have a damaged nail bed and a ridge down the nail that keeps splitting. Is there anything I can do?

I have a damaged nail bed and a ridge down the nail that keeps splitting. Is there anything I can do?

Dermatologist.: Your best bet would be to have a visit with a Dermatologist. This could represent a vitamin/mineral deficiency or an inflammatory condition which can be elucidated through testing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have ridges / lines on my nails that run from the base to the tip (vertical ridges). Is this normal?

What to do if I have ridges / lines on my nails that run from the base to the tip (vertical ridges). Is this normal?

Nail ridges.: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more

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Are vertical ridges nail normal and what about horizontal nails, are they normal? And vertical nails are up and down right? Thank you

Are vertical ridges nail normal and what about horizontal nails, are they normal? And vertical nails are up and down right? Thank you

Normal: Older people have more conspicuous ridges. Horizontal ridges result from injury to cuticles. This occurs from manicures. Biting, picking, accidents. ...Read more

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What do white marks on your nails mean?

What do white marks on your nails mean?

Leukonychia: White marks on nails (leukonychia) are typically from minor trauma to your nails (which could take days to weeks to show up). It could be very rarely from a deficiency in zinc. ...Read more

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What does white marks on my nails mean?

Beaus lines: White lines in your nails are called beaus lines and represent an illness or traumatic incident that has recently taken place. They look like ridges and are caused because cell divison of the nails have ceased. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have your nail border removed permanently?

What does it mean to have your nail border removed permanently?

No more Ingrown: Toenails or any other nail! If you have had repeated ingrown nails, many times your family doc or podiatrist will remove a small sliver of toenail next to the side that has been repeatedly a problem. They will treat the nail bed with a chemical that should destroy the part of the nail bed that grows the nail--in that immediate area only. The rest of your nail will grow out normally w/o the bad! ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have white thick lines on the nails?

What does it mean when you have white thick lines on the nails?

Leukonychia: Leukonychia
white nails. Consider hypoalbuminaemia or chronic renal failure. May be familial. Transverse leukonychia, or multiple parallel white lines, are thought to be due to manicuring but may also arise in association with beau's lines. Beau's lines are depressions across the fingernail. These lines can occur after illness, injury to the nail, and when you are malnourished. ...Read more

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Does disappearance of nail clubbing mean underlying disease is getting cured?

Does disappearance of nail clubbing mean underlying disease is getting cured?

Less likely: I strongly doubt it because clubbing is normally do chronic long-term respiratory cardiac issues like emphysema to name one. Unless you had a heart transplant etc ...Read more

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What does a small black splinter looking mark in your nail mean that is closer to the tip?

What does a small black splinter looking mark in your nail mean that is closer to the tip?

Splinter Hemorrage: Splinter hemorrhages are small areas of bleeding (hemorrhage) under the fingernails or toenails. Splinter hemorrhages can occur with infection of the heart valves (endocarditis). They may be caused by vessel damage from swelling of the blood vessels (vasculitis) or tiny clots that damage the small capillaries (microemboli).


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What do the white crescents and specks on peoples nails mean, is it a warning sign for health problems?

What do the white crescents and specks on peoples nails mean, is it a warning sign for health problems?

No: White specks on nails or leukonychia punctata is a harmless condition and thought to represent the after effects of minor injury to the base of the nail. The spots generally disappear on their own within a few days. It is not a sign of a lack of vitamin or calcium in the diet or health problems. ...Read more

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I have black/brown vertical lines under the tip of my nails. Its like splinters under my nails. Have 3 nails that has it, what can these lines mean?

I have black/brown vertical lines under the tip of my nails. Its like splinters under my nails. Have 3 nails that has it, what can these lines mean?

Nail pigmentation: Linear pigmented nail streaks are quite common in more deeply pigmented patients. Nail streaks such as these are uniform, brown colored and have thin diameters. If a streak or steaks (lines) are changing size, color or shape, have the nails examined by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to get rid of these lines or ridges going up an down on my nails?

How to get rid of these lines or ridges going up an down on my nails?

May or may not: Be able to. Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems.
Your dermatologist can help to determine cause. ...Read more