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Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

So, I've noticed recently that my thumbs have ridges down the length of the entire nail. Neither thumb has pronounced ridges (or I'd notice them earlier) but the left thumb does have one ridge which is sort of more pronounced (thought it was nail polish pooling)

Any reason for the ridges? I'm guessing a deficiency?



Is this right?

Posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:30:23:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

Black, splinter like bits under the nails may indicate infectious endocarditis, a serious heart infection, other cardiovascular or heart disease, or a bleeding disorder.

Brittle nails may indicate a thyroid problems, impaired kidney function, and/or circulation problems. Brittle, soft, shiny nails without a moon may indicate an overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism.

Bumps on Nails Person may have rheumatoid arthritis

Dark nails (thin, flat, spoon-shaped nails) normally indicate a vitamin B12 deficiency or anemia. Nails can also turn gray or dark if the hands are placed in chemicals such as cleaning supplies (like bleach) or something you are allergic to.

Deep blue nail beds indicate possible pulmonary health problem such as asthma or emphysema.

Downward curving nail ends may denote heart, liver, or lung / respiratory problems.

Flat nails can indicate person has Raynaud's disease

Greenish nails normally a fungal infection, can also indicate an internal bacterial infection.

Half-white nail with dark spots at the tip points person may have kidney disease

Nails that break easy (chip, peel, crack) indicate a poor nutrition, insufficient hydrochloric acid, and protein in the diet. As well as deficiency in minerals.

Nails raised at the base, with small, white ends may indicate a respiratory disorder like emphysema or bronchitis. This type of nail problem can be inherited as well.

Pitted Red-brownish spots and split ends indicate psoriasis and the person probably needs vitamin C, folic acid, and protein.

Red skin around the cuticles can be indicate poor metabolism of essential fatty acids or may indicate the person has Lupus.

Vertical ridges on nails indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption, and the ridges may also indicate a kidney disorder.

Horizontal ridges on nails can indicate severe stress (both psychological or physical). Person is also more vulnerable to arthritis.

Thick nails indicate that the person's cardiovascular system is weakening and the blood is not circulating good. May also indicate thyroid disease.

White nails indicate possible liver disease or kidney disease, anemia. If the white nails have pink near the tips then cirrhosis of the liver may be indicated.

Yellow nails indicate internal health problems such as: lymphatic system, respiratory disorders, diabetes, and liver disease.




or is this right

Posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:32:00:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

CORA PRESTON, MD, of Toronto, ON, wonders, "Do longitudinal lines or ridges in the nail indicate a deficiency of something? Is there any significance to this physical finding?"
Longitudinal ridging of the nail plate (called onychorrhexis) consists of longitudinal elevations that alternate with depressions or grooves along the nail plate. This can be caused by partial dropout or malfunction of the nail matrix, which will thin the nail plate. Consequently, conditions that damage the nail matrix can cause ridging. Mild ridging is a common innocent feature in the elderly. The mechanism isn't known, but is of no clinical consequence. Severe ridging, however, is prototypic of lichen planus. The disease obliterates the nail matrix, leading to severe thinning or splitting of the nail plate. There's no known deficiency that can cause ridging. On the other hand, deficiency in biotin or iron can soften the plate, leading to deformities. GS




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OR this

Posted by michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:33:07:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

Expert:
Date:4/30/2000
Subject:Vertical Ridges in Nails

Question
My nails are finally getting to a decent length, but I have a problem - most of them have vertical ridges from the cuticle to the edge. What causes this? They never used to be like this. I there anything I can do? Friends have told me to use an emery board on the surface, but this will make them thinner, I think. Is a ridge filler my only option? Thanks for your help,
Suzette

Answer
Suzette,First of all let me tell you that you are not alone. This is such a common thing with nails. Heredity plays a huge part in this. Second, ridges just come with age. Not old age always but just age. There are a few medical reasons as to why you might have ridges, but it is unlikly. If you have decent thickness of your nails then a fine buffer like a 240 grit buffer will no hurt or thin out your nails to much. These are finishing grits. Lightly over the top of your nails will only smooth the "high points". Enough so that when you polish you will get a smooth surface. I use this method many times a day on my natural nail clients with out trauma to the nails. Please don't take an emory board to the top of your nails or it will thin them out to much OK. Ridgefillers are great unless your nails look like ruffles potatoe chips. It wil take forever to dry in those grooved. You could always have a very thin coat of clear gel put over your nails. It will fill it all in w/o causing thickness. Just a thought. If you lived by me I would treat you to a nice manicure and show you what I mean. :) Have a good one.
Athena

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Re: OR THIS???? (mayo Clinic)

Posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:35:26:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/invoke.cfm?id=WO00020

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Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Does it matter? [1299.23] on March 24, 2005 at 11:17:37:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

Does it matter? You are always posting about such silly things.



Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Webster [215.127] on March 24, 2005 at 11:22:33:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

Vertical ridges on nails indicate poor general health.

(from the post below)



Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by vince fontana [1194.1745] on March 24, 2005 at 12:42:34:

In Reply to: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [15.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:20:59:

I have ridges on my thumb nails, and figure it is ageing. I had one fingernail have a depression in it, like it had been melted. I sanded both problems, and only the thumb ridges came back. I get the short black lines on occasion.



Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Webster [215.127] on March 24, 2005 at 14:47:00:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by vince fontana [1194.1745] on March 24, 2005 at 12:42:34:

Have you tried putting cayanne pepper on it? I read somewhere that cayanne pepper cures just about anything.



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Posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 16:24:04:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Webster [215.127] on March 24, 2005 at 11:22:33:

I know what the post below states, but there are hundreds of posts which state that there is no rhyme or reason to it. I needed input beyond the posts!

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Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 16:25:06:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Does it matter? [1299.23] on March 24, 2005 at 11:17:37:

Apparently what I post matters enough for your sorry butt to click on it and best yet - to respond.
What's worse; to post silly questions or to be so bored that you need to read silly posts? Duhhhhhh



Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Does It Matter? [3501.23] on March 24, 2005 at 18:47:43:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 16:25:06:

The problem is somatisation, if this was something like a pain in the neck or an ulcer in the mouth I could understand - but ridges on your nails? I look at this website for medical info relevant to me and constant posts about such minor things to me, are a little strange.



Also

Posted by Does it matter [3501.23] on March 24, 2005 at 18:54:14:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Does It Matter? [3501.23] on March 24, 2005 at 18:47:43:

You did answer your own question by, I think, posting four articles/sites. Yes I am bored, I am incapacited by inflammatory bowel disease right now.

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Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by Vince F [1194.1745] on March 24, 2005 at 20:23:54:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Webster [215.127] on March 24, 2005 at 14:47:00:

Never thought of trying cayenne. Thanks for reminding me. ))) Funny.)) No, I don't think it cures everything, but it sure does, alot. Maybe I should try habaneros.)))

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Re: Can't you just skip the posts?

Posted by Michele [6.1774] on March 25, 2005 at 06:58:08:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Does It Matter? [3501.23] on March 24, 2005 at 18:47:43:

I respect that it doesn't matter to you.
Oddly, you've posted a lot on a post that "doesn't matter" to you or you find silly.

Can't you just skip the post(s)?
What compells you to become intertwined in it?
Also - who made you the judge of what is good or not good to post?
take a look at yourself; you seem silliest.



Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by June.one [235.14] on March 25, 2005 at 07:39:26:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Does it matter? [1299.23] on March 24, 2005 at 11:17:37:

Of course it matters. Things like nail and hair health are indicators of of various important systemic biological functions which can have effects of other parts of the body if left unaddressed. It is short-sighted to think that nail ridges might be the first indicator we notice in determining mineral deficiency or imbalance. We have to look inside ourselves to address these symptoms and correct them before they become inevitably worse with more serious implications. Nutritional balances are not measured just by what comes out of you and how it looks. Our hair, nails, skin, appearance of the eyes all hold valuable clues to our underlying body chemistry problems. This is only insignficant to someone who it too ignorant to be aware of the warning signs.

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Re: Ridges down length of nails

Posted by ANN [1003.516] on March 25, 2005 at 08:00:43:

In Reply to: Re: Ridges down length of nails posted by Does It Matter? [3501.23] on March 24, 2005 at 18:47:43:

In reading about Oriental medicine, I've heard that nails are one of the diagnositic considerations. Since I don't think 'science' and western medicine are all we need to be healthy, I'm very interested in other ways of assessing health (locating where the problem is without expensive, invasive tests), so I find this kind of post very helpul (more so if people who use this technique or have been diagnosed by it jump in and share their experience, but you don't know if there's anyone like that until you post and see what answers you get).

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Re: Is this right? Nails. REFERENCE. Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on March 25, 2005 at 09:29:49:

In Reply to: Is this right? posted by Michele [20.1774] on March 24, 2005 at 10:30:23:

Thanks, Michele.

Walt

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Re: Can't you just skip the posts?

Posted by OK [3501.23] on March 25, 2005 at 11:36:55:

In Reply to: Re: Can't you just skip the posts? posted by Michele [6.1774] on March 25, 2005 at 06:58:08:

OK thanks for your reply.

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