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A couple of my nails have have very deep dents in them going across my nail, what's causing this?

A couple of my nails have have very deep dents in them going across my nail, what's causing this?

Transverse grooves: Transverse nail grooves, or beau lines, result from a temporary arrest of proximal nail matrix proliferation. Some causes are local trauma, local cutaneous disease (dermatitis, paronychia), medications, and viral infections. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Please use an: Ice pack for 10 minutes 3x a day. Rinse with soap and water 3x aday. If not allergic, a dose of Ibuprofen might help with the pain. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have vertical dents growing in thumb nails. Two side by side. Grows out n comes back Never injured. Coukd it be melanoma?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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For Dermatologist: Nails show pits, dents. Parts of nail thins out, tiny cracks where polish gets stuck once I remove it. Why? Natural remedy?

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

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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?

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

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Why do I have small dot like dents, bumps and vertical lines on my hand nails? And why does my feet nails crack/split?

Why do I have small dot like dents, bumps and vertical lines on my hand nails? And why does my feet nails crack/split?

Possible systemic di: Possible underlying systemic conditions may cause nail changes. Some arthritic conditions, psoriasis, dietary deficiencies. See your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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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?

Many: But you will need to see your doctor to check out the potential causes as well as disease conditions such as psoriasis which may be associated with damage to your nails. I presume that you had not been glueing artificial nails to your current nails. ...Read more

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Why do we have nails?

Why do we have nails?

Nails: A nail forms a protective plate for the underlying tissue. It also acts as a counter-force to improve sensation. ...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

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How to keep nails healthy?

How to keep nails healthy?

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

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How long should my nails be?

Your choice: Your nail length is not critical for anything you do.....Well except maybe to help pry open soda cans. ...Read more

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How do I cut my baby's nails?

How do I cut my baby's nails?

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

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How come my nails are ridged?

How come my nails are ridged?

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

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How to cut the nails correctly?

How to cut the nails correctly?

Straight: Cut them straight across do not round the corners. ...Read more

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Why do people bite their nails?

Why do people bite their nails?

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

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Why my nails are growing slowly?

Why my nails are growing slowly?

How can you: Tell I think is ht efirst question. Nails grow slowly. There are signs if ther are problems the nails grow irregularly and thinly if ther are problem with nutrition. Also, you'd rather expect also issues in hair and skin. ...Read more

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Is superglue bad for your nails?

Is superglue bad for your nails?

Super glue: It can cause some peeling of the nails but there shouldn't be any permanent damage. ...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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Splitting nails down the middle?

Splitting nails down the middle?

Many possibilities: Longitudinal nail splitting is seen in psoriasis, fungal nail infections, and lichen planus (a relative of psoriasis). A dermatologist can help you pinpoint the cause, and prescribe treatment. ...Read more

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How short should I bite my nails?

How short should I bite my nails?

Don't do it!: Nail biting can cause disruption of the cuticle, and lead to bacterial, yeast and other infections. It may also cause gingival damage. ...Read more

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What can I do to get stronger nails?

What can I do to get stronger nails?

Try biotin: This is a supplement which supposedly makes skin, hair and nails stronger. ...Read more

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How can I grow nails long and strong?

How can I grow nails long and strong?

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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Why have my nails started to come off?

Why have my nails started to come off?

Nail shedding: Nails can shed from many reasons such as trauma, systemic diseases, fungal infections. Evaluation by a dermatologist or podiatrist may be beneficial. ...Read more