Fingernails seem like a pretty uneventful body part. They grow. You cut them.
For example, ice pick-like depressions in the nails nail pitting are common in people who have psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders, such as Reiter's syndrome, and alopecia areata — an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products.
Beau's lines are horizontal transverse depressions in the nail plate that run parallel to the shape of the white, moon-shaped portion of the nail bed lunula seen at the nail's origin. They result from a sudden interruption of nail keratin synthesis and grow distally with the nail plate. As the nail grows, the Beau's lines can disappear. Beau's lines can be caused by trauma or local disease involving the nail fold.
Do you have dents in your fingernails? Maybe you first noticed them while you were painting your nails and the polish didn't go on smoothly. Or perhaps you rub your nails when you're nervous and noticed these dents in the nails during a particularly stressful week at work.
You have access to important clues about your health right at the tips of your fingers. Nails can signal everything from lung conditions to anemia, the American Academy of Dermatology notes. Natalie Azar.
Your fingernails can reveal a lot about the state of your health. Conditions ranging from stress to kidney and thyroid disease can cause changes in your nails. One common change is the appearance of vertical or horizontal ridges.
Vertical nail ridges, which are fairly common, extend from the cuticle to the tip of your nail. They often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within your nail. If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges across your nails, talk to your doctor. These changes could indicate an underlying health condition.
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Horizontal ridges are relatively common on the fingernails, but did you know you can also get these on your toenails? These ridges tend to look worse, however, as the toenails tend to be thicker. There are several reasons why horizontal ridges and white spots on nails might appear. They could be caused by trauma, which is often due to overlong nails.