For three years now, all my toe nails are becoming thinner and softer and have horizontal ridging. I don't have a fungal infection and blood tests for B12, calcium, thyroid, hormones, liver and the other usual tests have all come back normal. My finger nails have shown no similar change. Apart from osteo-arthritis which I've had since my 20's, I'm very healthy and am not taking any medication. I'm aged 46.
what caught my attention is that you and I have a common health issue; arthritis. I've had it (juvinal Rheumatoid) since 14 and I am also in my 40's. Although my arthritis is low key now I've noticed in the past 15 years my toenails getting thinner with ridges and more brittle.
I used to have nice nails, is the arthritis showing up in our toenails? My fingernails are okay but have deep ridges also. You too?
A simple answer to these condition is really difficult to provide. The most interesting fact is that the condition is located only on the toenails and the fingernails are not affected. This might indicate that something came into contact with the toenails and the same substance might have damaged them. Medical condition that affect the whole body such as : rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, vascular disorders usually affect both the toenaiols and the fingernails.
Although you have already checked for fungal infection, bacterial infection might also worsen the condition of the nails if it lasts for long. Applying local antibiotic creams might help in this case. However, it is not very likely that you are dealing with bacterial infection because it usually does not stay only on the nail and spreads to the surrounding skin. Furthermore, some types of cosmetic products used for the toenails might be causing the condition if applied for longer periods of time.
In the end, the ridging needs more specific visual inspection by a dermatologist, because the ridging might indicate very different types of horizontal lines on the nails. For the possible types and their causes, you can seek help from this type of skin specialist.
my nails are a little thinner these days with deep vertical ridges like the toes but the toenails are so much different than they were 10-12 years ago and i wondered why they changed.
i am the spitting image of my mom and have many of the same issues as her. the one difference is i have had arthritis since 1979.
her nails are still very thick but have deep horizontal ridges(??? strange)she's about 80 now.
it makes me think the difference could be a side effect of an auto-immune disease...
I have a similar problem. For the past few months, my toenails have become very thin and brittle. I have had juevenile rheumatoid arthritis from the age of 13 and also have IBS which i have seen linked with brittle toenails in other articles. I too have no change or symtoms with my finger nails. It does seem coincidental that we all share a similar symptoms.
Yes, it is intriguing. I am a nail tech, and have read about systemic disease showing up in the nails. Actually, Wikipedia has a great rundown of nail disorders and diseases. I have copy/pasted it below:
Shape and texture
Clubbing, or nails that curve down around the fingertips with nail beds that bulge is associated with oxygen deprivation and lung, heart, or liver disease.
Spooning, or nails that grow upwards is associated with iron or B12 deficiency.
Flatness can indicate a B12 vitamin deficiency or Raynard disease.
Pitting of the nails is associated with Psoriasis.
Ridges across the nail indicate stress.
Ridges along the nail are associated with arthritis
Grooves along the nail are associated with kidney disorders, aging, and iron deficiency.
Beading is associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Nails that resemble hammered brass are associated with (or portend) hair loss.
Short small beds are associated with heart disease.
I usually keep my toenails natural. But, in the summer, I wear polish or acrylic on them. When I do have anything on them, it leaves the surface with a patchy, thin, peeling layer. It grows out if I keep them bare. The ridges are so deep, I cant stand how it feels, so, I just buff the top down so it looks and feels better.
Any one else have this connection with Juvenal, or other arthritis?
I just recently went in to have a pedicure and the manicurist was in utter shock of how thin my toenails are she said i should go to a doctor and see if maybe it is something to be looked at they are really thin and they used to be thick. I used to go in for consistent pedicures or get acrylics on my toes I also dropped something last night barely hit my toenail and it hurt like it was 50 pds what could be the problem?
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