Nail problems ridges

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polymyositis and dermatomyositis; Wegener's granulomatosis; and polyarteritis nodosa. RIDGES ACROSS THE NAIL: - may be indicative of an infection or the flu. RIDGES UP AND DOWN THE NAIL: - may be indicative of developing arthritis. SEPARATED NAILS FROM THE NAILBED: - may be indicative of a thyroid condition. SOFT AND SHINY NAILS: - may be indicative of an overactive thyroid condition. SPOON-SHAPED NAILS: - may be indicative of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. May also indicate anemia.
About two weeks ago, I noticed that both of my thumbnails had a strange, crescent shaped ridge/dent running across the width of the nail, about mid-way up the nail. There are no white spots, lines, bruises, etc. to indicate that I injured the nails, just thumbnails that look puffy on the portion of the nail between the cuticle and the dent, and a flatter nail between the crescent-shaped dent and the fingertip.
Basically what is wrong with my nails now is that they have ridges that run vertically down the nail bed, and some have very prominent, bumpy knobs or ridges down the center of each nail. I can file these down, but then the nail becomes very red, thin and painful. My dermatologist showed me pictures from a nail textbook of the advanced stages of this disease, in which the cuticle grows all the way up the center of the nailbed, splitting the nail in two.
Nail changes can be indicative of liver problems. However, with normal LFTs, this would be less likely. Imaging the liver with an ultrasound can provide further evaluation, but I probably won't go much further than that. If the nail changes continue, a referral to a dermatologist can be considered for further evaluation. Sending part of the nail off for culture can be considered to evaluate for fungus. These options can be discussed with your personal physician.
Changes in finger and toe nails may be indicators of health problems. Verticla ridges that are not prominant are not an indicator of poor health. Horizonal ridges or discolorations that cross the nail are indicators of several health problems that need medical care. You should see your health care provider and get yourself evaluated. Get some blood and urine workups done. This will give you peace of mind if nothing else.
Then, another small hole will eat through the nail. I'll end up with ridge after ridge on my nail. My thumb nail will start growing to the side, because of the weight of the high ridges. I'll need to keep the ridges filed down, level with my original nail, so I don't have so much pull on it. That "pull" hurts terribly. I feel no pain when I keep the ridges filed down. This was ongoing for a few years. Never went away, until I started my Lyme meds, a few months ago.
I am a 48 year old very active healthy female, but one thumbnail is very dry with "streaks" of higher ridges in it. It's the only nail with this problem. Sounds sort of trivial, but I wonder if it's nothing or some underlying symptom of something thyroid problems showing up.
Anybody else have nail problems? I used to have perfect nails: not brittle, no ridges or striations, looked healthy, looked great. Over the past few years I have noticed they break all of the time and they have longitudinal ridges in them that would start to split and that would make the nail break on either side of the ridge. I had to keep them real short so they would not get weird and split. I started triple med treatment Sept. 26th. I have done 24 weeks.
Upon close inspection, it appears that Three whitish color nails are growing on top of each other! I can feel the ridges of each nail shape, but they aren't open to pick up, they are smooth on the edges. Now the next toe is doing the same thing. I pointed this out to Doc Skeen at Duke.... no response! I have always had beautiful natural finger nails. This all changed about a month ago. Now they are thin and brittle, barely growing. Not pretty anymore.
Hi Welcome to the MedHelp forum! Horizontal ridges and white lines on nails are seen in trauma to nail bed, kidney diseases, pellagra or Vit B3 deficiency, low protein, arsenic poisoning, and liver diseases. Hence a kidney and liver function test should be done. The white spots could be due to reaction of the chemical of toe nailpolish. It can be fungal infection. Another cause is zinc deficiency.
I have an 8 yr old daughter who has two fingernails, one on each hand, that are not smooth, they are slightly bumby and the nail that grows out at the end is not uniform, curvy. They do not have complete horizontal ridges across them. Sort of like moguls on a ski slope. They are not discolored and it only occurs in those two fingernails. She has had this for close to a year. She's rarely sick and if it was nail fungus I would think it would have spread to her other nails.
I have been on Synthroid and Thyroid (Armour) for hypothyroidism for two years. I have very weak, thin, finger nails that break or split horizontally and/or vertically, moons only on my thumb and 1st fingers, multiple thin ridges going up and down on my nail beds & a few fingernails that are flat or bend under. I also have mitral valve prolapse with regurgitation - grade 3. Are my fingernails indicative of either my thyroid or heart problem?
Some skin conditions like psoriasis are also linked with changes like ridges on fingernails, and pitting of the nail. Changes in nail health can be early indicators of changes in the general health of your body. For this reason, it is a good idea to pay attention to the state of your nails. While your nails can be ridged and perfectly healthy, deep ridges can be a sign of a problem, and horizontal ridges are especially dangerous. Likewise with dramatic color changes in your nails.
I read this is nothing to worry about, I have them too. You can google Nail Problems & they will show you pictures of different nail problems. Hope this helps.
Longitudinal Bands on nails (medically called Onychorrhexis ) are seen in a skin disorder called lichen planus, psoriasis of the nail, fungal infection of the nail and in Darier disease or keratosis follicularis. All these problems are best diagnosed by a skin specialist. Biopsy of the lesion is the gold standard of diagnosis. A longitudinal ridge may also be seen in median nail dystrophy. Please take your little one to a skin specialist. Take care!
Hi, Are the indentations like ridges in your nails? I have ridges - called "Beau's Lines" in my thumb nails pretty bad and learned that sometimes it could be an indication of mineral or nutritional deficiencies. Nail discoloration can also be an indication of health problems - or not - it all depends on the color and I'm not sure which colors can indicate which problems. You may want to google it to find out more on discolorations. Have you had any trauma to your hand or nails?
My big toenails are peeling from the end and then there is a darker horizontal discoloring back just a bit, then the rest of the nail looks normal. Can it be corrected with a vitamin regiment?
) Also, I've developed onychomycosis. (Fungal infection on big toe nail) I have horizontal ridges on only 1 of my big toes. I'm not sure if this is some how connected with my heavy prolonged menstrual periods but the horizontal lines keep growing back, even AFTER laser treatments on the toenail. I already have a scheduled Drs. Apt coming up but I wanted to get insight into what might be wrong. Uterine fibroid...ovarian issues...blood disorder....cancer???
It can also be a symptom of heart problems. But having HCV for 20+ years I am curious, if anyone else noticed this happening to them?
I never had nail problems before I became Hypothyroid. My nails are very badly ridged, and thin now. YES it is connected with my hypothyroid!
If the nails are yellow with the ridges, this is likely to be a fungal infection. Ridges in the nails with white patches can indicate psoriasis. Horizontal ridges on the fingernails are the ones to be concerned about. Like mkh89 says, anyone can get a build up of tar and this has nothing to do with having diabetes. You need to brush your teeth in the morning and before going to bed and also floss.
So I couldn't resist the temptation to look in the net. Surprisingly I found something that can produce ridges in the nails, headaches, problems in the skin, patches in the skin, problems in vascular system (your bleeding? and dark spots in eyes) .....and many other things. Of course we cannot trust everything that we find in the network, so do not be afraid, but, Is there any possibility that you are suffering from arsenic poisoning??
If you have never had nail problems before, I highly suggest speaking to your doctor about it. I'm a strong believer that our bodies will tell us when something isn't right or something needs to be done by simple or even big changes to get attention. It could be as simple as a calcium or iron deficiency or a more complicated thing.
Weight gain and trouble losing weight (i have problems gaining weight) & infertility (well i'm a virgin so i wouldn't know). What do you think?
I never had the feeling my scalp was separating or a nail sticking in it...but I have moments where it feels like I have ridges of swollen areas that r tender to the touch.I always assumed that it was CSF bcuz they always appeared when I had weird pressure..... I of course never had these when I was seen by my dr, so I never found out what it was....
Also, some fingernail changes, such as lines or ridges in the nails can be part of circulatory problems. You should consider having your cardiac function tested, as this could contribute.
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