What is Koilonychias?
Spoon nails (koilonychia) are soft nails that look scooped out. The depression usually is large enough to hold a drop of liquid. Often, spoon nails are a sign of iron deficiency anemia or a liver condition known as hemochromatosis, in which your body absorbs too much iron from the food you eat.
What does leukonychia mean?
A white nail describes the appearance of one or more fingernails and/or toenails that are partially or completely white in colour. This appearance is also called leukonychia.
What are Beaus?
A. You may be referring to Beau’s lines, which are grooves that run horizontally across the nail plate. They usually develop when nail plate growth, which begins in the nail matrix (located under the cuticle), is temporarily disrupted.
Why do fingernails peel?
Peeling nails can be the result of too little or too much moisture. The former can be caused by repeatedly getting the nails wet and then drying them. With the latter, sheer soaking in water while performing things like household chores makes the nails soft and possibly causes peeling or sloughing of the nail.
Why does toenail grow upwards?
Nails grow from a process called keratinization: cells multiplying in the base of each nail and then layering on top of each other and hardening. How strong, thick, and fast your nails grow is hereditary. Unusual nail growth, such as toenails growing upward, could be hereditary as well.
Can melanonychia be treated?
The treatment options for melanonychia will depend on the primary cause. If the cause is benign, the individual may not need treatment. Some cases of melanonychia may fade after addressing the cause. For example, if drugs are the cause, melanonychia should fade within 6–8 weeks of stopping the treatment.
Why do my nails have bumps?
Ridges in the fingernails are often normal signs of aging. Slight vertical ridges commonly develop in older adults. In some cases, they may be a sign of health problems like vitamin deficiencies or diabetes. Deep horizontal ridges, called Beau’s lines, may indicate a serious condition.