Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What does it mean when you have deep ridges in your nails?

I think I remember hearing that this is caused by some vitamin deficiency or something?

I have rather prominent, vertical ridges in my finger nails, and the ridges are more prominent in some finger nails than others.What does it mean when you have deep ridges in your nails?
It could be a vitamin deficiency, though chances are its just a calcium buildup in your nails. This also happens can happen with age, and while sometimes unsightly is not a major concern for most people who have it.

For a quick, inexpensive fix, purchase a buffer kit, which will polish the top of your nails down, making them look smooth and healthy, and make manicures look oh-so much better.

I have the same problem, and I found buffing them worked the best for me, the entire kit probably only cost $4 total, and I'm sure you could find cheaper (or more expensive and nicer) ones wherever you may be.What does it mean when you have deep ridges in your nails?
I agree with setter, but would still ask doctor about it if ridges are truly deep. Nails are a big indicator of health problems.

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Have you have acrylic fingernails recently? That always happens to my nails after I remove fake ones so I just stopped all together.

Deep ridges in the fingernail can mean poor nutrition or an infection.
Sometimes as we get older ridges form in the nails. To get rid of them get a nail buffer and buff them out of your nails every couple of weeks when you polish your finger nails or when you manicure your nails.
Calcium deficiency
It means nothing. It just happens and sometimes gets worse as you get older. Now if you have horizontal ridges, you should see your doctor. That is a sign of something more serious.
Sometimes it really doesnt mean anything and is only from your genetics. I have heard of vitamin deficiencies too and I would suspect it be a deficiency in essential oils. Omega 3's vitamin A E as well as Vitamin D.... Just a guess though.
You should push your cuticle back and give your finger a chance so the cuticles don't adhere to the fingers
You heard right, at some point you experienced a vitamin deficiency and the ridges usually start in the pinkys and they don't go away.
I actually think it can come from damaging your cuticle, i have the same thing and and i use my other nails and press at the moon shape when i get nervous, and i damaged the the nail, i just file it down, when it gets bad
Longitudinal ridges, parallel to the length of your finger, are fairly common in people of African descent. However, if this doesn't apply to you and/or it's a recent development or gotten deeper over time, it may be a sign of melanoma. See a board-certified dermatologist if you have doubts.
Verical ridges means vertical ridges are in your genes. They'll probably become more pronounced as you age. Horizontal ridges usually indicate an underlying health problem
If you also have yellow toenails and fingernails the diagnosis would be ';candida infection';. See your doctor, you may need to take medication.
Its a vitamin deficiency, just take a one a day vitamin supplement that way if you don't eat enough of healthy food you can help your body make up for it.
It could be a health problem. Some people say that your nails are a window into your health and if they aren't healthy...neither are you.

Check out and/or talk to your doctor.
It can be genetic, or a deficiency of some type. Check with your doctor. If you use chemicals of some sort, it could cause this as well.
It's usually related to circulation problems. Do you smoke? STOP!
No two Web sites agreed exactly, but I have gleaned all I can from several sites and do hereby offer it up for consideration:


Vitamin A and B deficiency causes fragile nails, with horizontal and vertical ridges.


Injury; infection; nutrition; arsenic poisoning (rare); can be due to normal nail growth


Aging, thyroid disease; kidney failure; severe nutritional deficiencies (too little B6, B12, and folic acid), too little protein, too little iron/zinc, poor absorption of vitamins and minerals


It may be impossible to know exactly which problem (s) are apparent without a medical professional looking at bloodwork, genetics, family history, and eating habits.

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