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Why Is There A Dent In My Nail
The nails on my pointer fingers are starting to get small dents in them. Is that bad and how can I make them go away?
I hit my nail and it is just a litle pored. On one spot my nail dent a lile but it is not change color.
My nails are not smooth at all. (they look like they have little vertical dents) what should I do? Diet? Vitamins? Or is this something serious?
Nail pitting: Two most common reasons for nail pitting, small indentations on finger and toe nails are nail psoriasis and alopecia areata. Sometimes these two disorders just affect the nail, sometimes other parts of skin and hair. These are usually not treated unless extensive primarily because treatments involve either shots into nails or systemic medication. No dietary changes or vitamins really help. ...Read more
The nails on my pointer fingers are starting to get small dents in them. About half of my nails are covered with the weird bumps. Is that a sign of something else bad?
I have vertical dents growing in thumb nails. Two side by side. Grows out n comes back Never injured. Coukd it be melanoma?
Nail Matrix cause:
Any injury or inflammation of the nail matrix (where the nail is formed underneath the proximal nail fold) can cause nail plate changes such as ridges or indentations.
A mucous cyst near the proximal nail fold can also cause deformation of the growing nail. Usually melanomas pigmented, and will appear as brown streaks in the nail, known as melanonychia. Some melanomas can be pink. See a doctor. ...Read more
Peeling on some nails, and horizontal dent. Had a bald patch then grew full 2 weeks. Now thinning all over but new hairs in but thinner than before?
Nail and Hair: Beau's lines can be caused by trauma or local or systemic disease involving the nail fold. They can vary based upon the width or depth of the depression. Telogen effluvium is a form of nonscarring alopecia characterized by diffuse hair shedding, often with an acute onset from medications, systemic symptoms, infections and other. Your nail and hair problems are most likely caused by the same event ...Read more
Started taking calcium/D and wow sleeping best I've been in years. Also, sideways dents in nails are gone (beaus lines?), also twitching stopped. Why?
A lot: There is a lot we don't know about this increasingly importatant vitamin. Vitamin d regulates the immune system, deficiency of whihc put people at risk for diseases like multiple sclerosis, and leads to disease due to inflamation like heart disease and stroke. We know about brittle bones (rickets) due to deficiency. Possibly nails as well. Vitamin d regulates magnesium, you may have been low ...Read more
For Dermatologist: Nails show pits, dents. Parts of nail thins out, tiny cracks where polish gets stuck once I remove it. Why? Natural remedy?
Thyroid: A dermatologist may have some other ideas, but a common reason for nail problems of that nature would be a thyroid problem. ...Read more
My nail is swollen but not red and there was white skin like a blister on it so I scraped it off and there is a dent, it looks like I have two layers?
Toenails: From what it sounds like, you may have removed the cuticle, a layer of skin that can grow along with the nail & is easily removed. Nails are multi-layered & the dents will likely disappear as the nail grows out, normal. If you do see thickening or darkening of the nail, consider possible fungal infection & see your doctor for treatment. A podiatrist can address any other toenail related issue. ...Read more
Why do I have small dot like dents, bumps and vertical lines on my hand nails? And why does my feet nails crack/split?
For MD: Last few months nails show pits, dents. Parts of nail thin out, tiny cracks where polish gets stuck when I try to remove the nail polish. I also saw pit form when I put nail polish. Causes? Vit./Mineral deficiency? Eczema? Any natural remedy?
Fragile finger nails. Horizontal dents on almost all fingers. Some have double. Peeling toe nails, hair thinning.
Usually not: This usually is from a stressful event in life that interrupts nail growth. See dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more
I have an inflamed one inch at the tip of my left index finger. I had a crack in the skin near the nail and when using dental floss the crack got deep?
Inflammation finger: Thsi could represent an infection requiring antibiotics. ...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
Healthy nails: For nail health: 1. Don’t bite nails to avoid infections. 2. Keep nails clean & dry. 3. Clip nails straight across (rounded in center) to prevent them from becoming ingrown. Don’t push back cuticles. Use emery board for irregular nails 4. Insure that your shoes fit properly & that they don’t squeeze your toes. 5. Alternate the shoes you wear. 6. Apply moisturizing cream to nails. 7. If nails are thick & hard to cut you can soak in salt water x 5 to10” followed by application of lactic acid cream or urea. 8. Wear flip flops in public showers / pools to avoid fungal infections. 9. Don’t do bathroom surgery. ...Read more
Sandpaper: A grandmother showed me this trick decades ago. I use a simple 1X3 inch piece of heavy duty (wet/dry) sandpaper in 100-180 grit. If you use it free form to file the nails it can do the job in less than a minute on both hands. The paper conforms to the curves better than a file and using it lightly assures you won't injure the skin. ...Read more
Which way?: If they are length wise it's not likely to be a serious problem. Even horizontal ridges can be due to repetitive trauma. However you might want to have blood work done for metabloic abnormalities like liver or kidney disease, thyroid or anemic issues. It should be easy to rule out serious causes of horizontal nail ridges, vertical line can occur with age. ...Read more
Pleasure: The lips are populated with a variety of nerve endings that give pleasure as they are stimulated. It helps a newborn figure out how to feed when they have never been hungry; helps the toddler get through a rough day with thumb sucking; makes us enjoy kissing & smoking & chewing your nails. If it weren't for society frowning on the process, more would probably do it. ...Read more
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
Strong Nails: Several vitamins are notable for their support of strong, healthy nails, so seek these out in the foods you eat or as supplements. Vitamin A helps the body process protein, needed to sustain the nail bed and ward off hangnails. A lack of vitamin B may cause ridges and fragile nails. Biotin (also known as vitamin B7) is notable for its treatment of weak, split-prone nails. ...Read more
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