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Re: horizantal ridge on nails, and circles on fingers

Re: horizantal ridge on nails, and circles on fingers

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Posted by Marti on November 13, 2000 at 09:52:49:

In Reply to: horizantal ridge on nails, and circles on fingers posted by melody on November 12, 2000 at 18:13:34:

: I have had a problem with my hands/nails for about 5 years now. I am 49, fibromyalgia, history of arthritis in family. I started getting small circles on my fingertips which would get bigger be a touch raised and slightly hard then get bigger and open up. There is no oozing etc, but underneath will crack slightly and be so tender. It has been getting worse over the years, but mainly stays on my fingers, some on my palm. It goes in a cycle of starting many small circles, then get bigger, open up, where I can peel away some skin, be terrible sore, then heal sort of, then start all over again, some in same spots, some in new. Also as my fingernails grow, they grow with a horizantal ridge which you can feel as you run your finger over it. It starts to crack open and the nail breaks off as soon as it gets to the edge of the nail bed. I have been to a derm. and was given a cortisone oily cream called nerosine and prevex B, which provides a fine layer over the hands. My hands are so sore, creams don't work. I wear gloves a lot, and it looks really awful. The soreness is the most aggravating part. I have been searching websites for quite a while now, and just can't find a combination of these two things. Any help would be so much appreciated. I am going to try another dermatologist, but it is hard getting an appt. when it is at it's worse. I feel that it is a result of something internal, as the nail grows this way. I take Vit. B stress vit., Vit E., vit. c. and a multivitamin, also Cal/Mag. Do you have any ideas?

: Please send them to me or post,

: Thanks so much
: Melody.

It sounds to me like you may have the beginnings of psoriasis (excema) on your fingertips. This condition will also compromise the health of your nails. Psoriasis of the nails is characterized by raw, scaly skin and is sometimes confused with eczema. When it attacks the nail plate, it will leave it pitted, dry, and it will often crumble. The plate may separate from the nail bed and may also appear red, orange or brown, with red spots in the lunula. Do not attempt salon treatments as this is a highly contagious condition. Consult with a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. Whenever the nail plate shows signs of vertical ridges, it may be because the nail plate is becomming dried out. The nail plate will release a tidal flow of oils and moisture which give the nail plate its inherrant flexibility and is the cement which holds the nail plate together. If there is a lack of natural oils and moisture, the nail plate will 'dry out' and you will begin to see a 'rail and groove' effect. This is how the nail plate moves forward on the nail bed, much like a train rides forward on its tracks. You need to seek out a dermatologist that understands nail irregularities, diseases and disorders -- many of them are only concerned with the skin and fail to recognize that some nail diseases are tied to skin diseases and visa-versa.

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