Advertisement

What are ridged fingernails a sign of?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Ridges in your fingernails can simply be a sign that you are growing older, or they can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

Vertical ridges in the nail are common and often increase with age. Horizontal ridges in your nails can be a sign of iron-deficiency anemia or other health conditions. Experts recommend talking to your doctor if you develop unexplained ridges on your nails. 

Continue Learning about Nail Disorders

How will nail disorders affect my quality of life?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Nail disorders, especially on toes, can affect your quality of life by limiting your ability to move...
More Answers
What are some common minor nail injuries and conditions?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Most minor nail injuries heal on their own, but they might be unsightly for a while because the nail...
More Answers
What Are Some Manicure Safety Tips?
What Are Some Manicure Safety Tips?
Do Your Feet Look Good Naked?
Do Your Feet Look Good Naked?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.