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Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?

Horizontal white lines across 3 nails appeared two weeks ago. Blood/urine test came back normal. No deficiency. Possible it's stress related?

Horizontal line nail: If lines are sort of spotty and don't span entire width of the nail, most likely it's due to some minor trauma. These grow out with the nail. If lines span the entire width of the nail, and don't grow with the nail this may be related to a protein deficiency or a number of systemic conditions. The list of possible conditions long. Please have this evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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White horizontal lines through my nails, what is this caused by?

White horizontal lines through my nails, what is this caused by?

Beau's or Meuhrke's: Beau's lines are raised white lines, often a result of systemic disease or trauma, creating an uneven white horizontal line. Muehrcke's lines are smooth and are usually seen when blood protein levels are low. The reason for the low protein state can vary from kidney disease to liver disease to malnutrition - among other causes. See a dermatologist. ...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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18 yrs old, white. Many dark lines in nails. Diagnosed as benign moles. One line recently and suddenly disappeared. Worried about melanoma regression.

18 yrs old, white. Many dark lines in nails. Diagnosed as benign moles. One line recently and suddenly disappeared. Worried about melanoma regression.

Second opinion: melanoma rarely presents as dark nail linesn nor do moles. I suggest a second opinion, since although theoretically possible, highly doubtful presentation. When in doubt- get a biopssy- but this is certainly not a melanoma presentation. ...Read more

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I went through stressful event about year ago and 3 months later i lost some hair around the frontal hairline i have white spots horizontal lines nail?

I went through stressful event about year ago and 3 months later i lost some hair around the frontal hairline i have white spots horizontal lines nail?

Hair changes: Before can really answer this need to see the hair and the spots. Need to discuss with the dermatologist most likely to be sure. Stress can do a lot of things to our bodies and I have seen over the past 40 years in my practices the phenomenons you are reporting. I hope you check it out and see if it can be treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Black strips on nails?

Black strips: Splinter hemorhages are the most common then followed by melanonychia. ...Read more

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How fast do nails grow?

How fast do nails grow?

3-12 months: Fingernails typically grow out completely in 3-6 months and toenails in 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What causes rippled nails?

What causes rippled nails?

Verticle 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. If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do my nails grow down?

Why do my nails grow down?

Difficult to say: There are many changes that can occur with the nails. Many can be benign but some changes (downward curling being one of them) can be a sign of systemic disease, particularly lung disease. You should see you primary care doctor and possibly a dermatologist to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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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