What causes vertical ridges on fingernails?

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Vertical ridges in fingernails have many causes, including malnutrition, dehydration, disease, toxins and old age according to New Health Guide. Since many people notice an increase in ridges as they age, vertical ridges are nothing to worry about in most cases. However, it's important to see a doctor to rule out medical causes such as disease.

Also called onychorrhexis, nails that have vertical ridges are often brittle in nature. This may indicate a nail disorder such as fungal infection or an underlying medical disorder such as heart disease, lung disease or psoriasis. Toxins like arsenic can also make nails appear brittle and ridged.

In some cases, nail ridges are caused by malnutrition and dehydration. A lack of moisture and vital nutrients such as iron, vitamin C, zinc and calcium, can cause ridges and discoloration of the nail bed. For example, many nails suffering from malnutrition appear yellow or greenish in color.

Lastly, nail ridges become more pronounced with age. As the skin produces less oil, cuticles and nails tend to dry out with age, which can lead to prominent nail ridges. Moisturizing the nails and cuticles with cuticle oil can help restore nails to a more healthy appearance, according to New Health Guide.

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