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Curved nails

02/28/2006

Question:

would like to know what it means when your fingernails grow curved after about 1/4 inch at the end of the nail also have ridges? Does it show a lack of something or indicate an illness?

Answer:

Longitudal ridging in nails occurs in normal individuals as they age.  Curving of the nails at the tip is not necessarily a sign of any underlying disorder.  Dr. Richard K. Scher in New York City has written extensively and has published a textbook on nails and nail disease.  You might wish to email/fax him a picture of your nails so that he might help you.  His email is onychium@aol.com; his office fax is 212-486-0913.  You might wish to go to your public library and in the medical section look for his textbook on nail disease.

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Response by:

Charles L Heaton, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati