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27 Jul 2008

Nails
I would like to know why my nails are uneven like roofplates. somebody said it is because of a shortage.
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Sansi
Vertical ridging is "normal" and becomes more pronounced with age. The ridges extend from the tip of the nail to the nail base and become more numerous with time. If the appearance of the nails is a problem they can be gently smoothed with an emery board or nail file.

Ridges that go from one side of the nail to the other horizontally are known as transverse ridges or 'Beau's lines'. These appear when a temporary interruption of nail growth occurs and can be caused by illness like a heart attack or infection like pneumonia. Trauma to the nail like slamming it in a door, can also be responsible. The ridges generally grow out in time at the speed at which the nails usually grow ( about 1mm per week).
dr Bets

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