Do you have bumps across your nails that are driving you nuts? Some nail ridges are nothing to worry about while other nail ridges can be indictative of an underlying health issue.
Are nail ridges
cause for concern?
Vertical nail ridges
Vertical nail ridges are very common and aren’t usually connected with any serious health issues. They are bumps that run from the nail bed to the tip of the nail -- they can be seen in people of any age, although they do become more common as we age. According to Dr Lawrence E Gibson of the Mayo Clinic, they are likely to be caused by changes in cell turnover within the nail.
So what can you do about vertical nail ridges? Well, gently buffing the top of the nail surface with a nail buffing block can help to smooth out minor ridges. Keeping hands well-moisturised will help promote healthy nail growth from the nail bed. Regular use of cuticle oil, such as Revitanail’s Nourishing Oil, will help nails to grow smooth and strong and will keep them well-nourished. For more defined nail ridges, you may just have to wait for the nail ridge to grow out. Keep up with a regular nail care routine to encourage nails to grow quickly. While waiting for the ridges to grow out, you can always use Revitanail’s Ridge Filler, a nail coat applied under polish, which is designed to create a smooth nail surface for perfect application of nail colour.
Horizontal nail ridges
Horizontal nail ridges are less common. These ridges run across the nail, from side to side. They can be a sign of an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, anaemia, thyroid disease or respiratory problems. They can also be the result of nail trauma or malnutrition. Beau’s lines -- horizontal depressions running across the nail -- are often related to serious systemic illnesses. Those undergoing chemotherapy treatment often experience Beau’s lines.
It is recommended to always consult a health professional if you develop horizontal nail ridges. A healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables that is high in fibre can help deal with horizontal nail ridges. A vitamin and mineral supplement may also be helpful in dealing with horizontal nail ridges.