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White Lines On Nails
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
18 yrs old, white. Many dark lines in nails. Diagnosed as benign moles. One line recently and suddenly disappeared. Worried about melanoma regression.
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
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
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