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Old 06-08-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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My thumb nail is getting horribly warped. It is all messed up with deep horizontal grooves on it. This is only happening to my one thumbnail. Any thoughts on what is going on?

Female, mid 40s...

Thanks,

Woof
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:00 PM
 
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You can find some info on Google. Of course self diagnosis is never good, but it looks like you should see a doctor:

finger nails and diagnosis
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Duncan, OK
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I have always heard that side-to-side ridges tend to be Vitamin/Diet/Nail injury issues and lengthwise ridges tend to be Lung/Pulmonary/Circulatory issues.

Since it is on one nail only you should have it looked at.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:10 PM
 
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I'm trying to think if I damaged the nail bed.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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Check out Nail Tek products. The Foundation II is a ridge filling base coat. It really works well when you follow the directions. I heard about their line a couple of years ago.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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I have vertical ridges, but my doctor says it's a natural effect of aging (even though I'm not that old, and I've had it since I was mid-20s!)
I had read all that "diagnose yourself by the condition of your fingernails" junk on the internet, about how ridges indicate heart problems, etc... but my doctor said more often, vertical ridges are merely a natural effect of aging.
My ridges aren't that noticeable; if I was wearing nail polish, you'd think it was just brush lines in the polish. But it's there even when I'm not wearing polish.

I agree with the others who say don't try to self-diagnose; go to a doctor.
Self-diagnosis on the internet leads to the most dread disease of all: Cyberchondria.


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Old 06-09-2009, 03:28 AM
 
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Check out Nail Tek products. The Foundation II is a ridge filling base coat. It really works well when you follow the directions. I heard about their line a couple of years ago.
This sounds good! Thanks.
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Old 06-09-2009, 03:29 AM
 
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I have vertical ridges, but my doctor says it's a natural effect of aging
No, this is deep horizontal indents (not even ridges) on my thumbnail. It's possible the nail bed was damaged, but I don't recall...
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:20 AM
 
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It's likely you've injured the matrix of the nail, which isn't the same as the naiil bed. To be sure, see your doctor.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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It's likely you've injured the matrix of the nail, which isn't the same as the naiil bed. To be sure, see your doctor.
But there is no way to fix it?
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