What Do Vertical Ridges and Discolorations of Fingernails Possibly Mean?

Nail Ridges

(Healingtalks) Ridges on our fingernails may or may not be significant health indicators. The presence of tiny raised lines on our nails can be either of a horizontal or vertical kind, and running the length of the nail. These ridges may come about simply due to aging and sometimes a trauma. They are most commonly associated with aging.  Onychorrhexis is the medical term for  longitudinal lines in the nails. This condition may also be tied to brittle nails. Most doctors advice that this is nothing to worry about.

By contrast, Beau’s lines are horizontal or transverse lines. They may have been caused by poor or malnutrition, cardiovascular disease, infections and other metabolic ills, including diabetes.

Different discolorations of nails are associated with a variety of conditions. Blue nails may indicated poor oxygenation. Yellow nails have been associated with fungal infections. White nails may indicate liver cirrhosis.

Koilonychia is a nail condition whereby nails become flat, lose their convex look, and this is associated with Plummer-Vinson syndrome and iron deficiency anemia. The following associated slideshow and articles may help provide further insights.

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