What other symptoms might occur with nail ridges?

Other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition, may accompany nail ridges. Symptoms that frequently affect the nails may also involve other body systems.

Localized symptoms that may occur along with nail ridges

Additional localized symptoms may be present in areas around nail ridges including:

  • Pus or other fluid under or around the nails
  • Skin infections
  • Streaking or other discoloration of the nails

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

Nail ridges alone are not typically a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. However, if you have a severe infection or illness that accompanies your nail ridges, this condition could lead to a medical emergency. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Convulsions
  • Dehydration due to vomiting, diarrhea, or a decreased desire to drink fluids
  • Difficulty breathing

What are nail ridges?

Nail ridges are raised lines in the nails of the fingers or toes that may run vertically along the nail or horizontally across the nail. Nail ridges typically develop in adulthood and may become more pronounced with age. However, nail ridges can also develop more rapidly and may arise from a variety of causes, including localized infection or systemic illness, disease, or poisoning.

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What causes nail ridges?

Nail ridges can have many different causes that may include local events or systemic conditions affecting your body as a whole. While some local events, such as trauma, may not be serious, systemic conditions that lead to nail ridges can be serious or life threatening.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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