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Vertical ridges on fingernails

Discussion in 'Skeleton, Skin, Muscles, Hair, Teeth, and Nails' started by SickOfSickness, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. AliB23


    Dr. Eric Berg (on YouTube) has a video about how different deficiencies affect hair and nails. He mentions that horizontal ridges across the nails are linked to Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) deficiency, and that can be linked to the consumption of highly processed grain and flour products that are not only lacking many nutrients, but that also force the body to have to utilise a great amount in order to be processed through the digestive system. Beri-beri was first discovered in groups that ate mainly white polished rice that was also missing the germ - the most nutritious part. These are foods that rob far more out of the body than they give.

    I can testify to that as the very deep horizontal furrows in my thumb nails went away after I dumped gluten grains and most carbs and added in some decent supplements including B complex and extra Thiamin.

    I am still trying to rectify the vertical ridges. They can apparently be linked to thyroid issues, but I suspect they are more likely to be linked to the deficiencies that trigger thyroid issues. Not caused by the Thyroid issues but a part of the same issue. Some have mentioned that taking Synthroid etc. has not stopped the ridges, but that may be because the Synthroid addresses the Thyroid symptoms but not necessarily the cause.
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  2. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Senior Member

    I wanted to post an update that I finally saw my dermatologist this week for another issue and while there, she was able to look at my toenails. She is a brilliant doctor and extremely knowledgeable re: MCAS and things the average doctor doesn't know about. She said that the issue with my toenails was absolutely nothing to worry about and was a type of "banding" that can occur due to many different causes (autoimmune, malnutrition, etc) and that a toenail grows out very slowly (years vs. months like fingernails).

    She was not surprised that it started on both my fingernails and toenails over a year ago during the period that I was experiencing malnutrition and in the hospital for MCAS/anaphylaxis. She was also not surprised that my fingernails are completely back to normal but my toenails still have the horizontal red line. In any case, she said it will eventually grow out and disappear and is nothing to worry about (and is not related to a hidden cancer or cardiac issues, etc).

    I was really relieved and can put this issue to rest now!
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  3. Aerose91

    Aerose91 Senior Member

    Thanks for this update, ginger! Its nice to have a little reassurance from a doc once and a while
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  4. Sundancer

    Sundancer Senior Member

    I stumbled on this website

    really stumbled, think it came along on twitter.

    Now, these are my nails, for many years now, and since I became bedbound it has become much worse, thicker ridges, knobbly too.
    No half-moons on the fingers and left thumb.

    3 months ago I started adding more B12 to my daily regimen. Now I see that the ridges have lessened considerably, there are no knobbles on the ridges anymore and on the left thumb a small moon is beginning to appear.

    so, I'm happy, things are working
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