Why Do I Have Horizontal Ridges On My Toenails?

Horizontal Toenail Ridges: What Are They & How To Treat Them

Horizontal ridges are relatively common on the fingernails, but did you know you can also get these on your toenails? These ridges tend to look worse, however, as the toenails tend to be thicker. Horizontal ridges, also referred to as ‘Beau’s lines’, can be quite pronounced, and in some cases, there may be more than one ridge on the toenail.

What do Ridges on Toenails Mean?

There are several reasons why horizontal ridges might appear. They could be caused by trauma, which is often due to overlong nails. It could also be the result of an injury, such as a running injury or dropping something on the nail. If your job requires a lot of standing or walking, this could end up causing the ridges. They could also be the result of wearing too much nail varnish or in more serious cases, it could be down to an illness. If you are not sure, go and see your doctor.

How to Get Rid of Ridges on Toenails

The remedy for ridges on toenails will depend on the root cause. If it’s down to an injury, it may just clear up itself. It is important to take care of your toenails and make sure they are moisturized. When the toenails become dry, they can easily end up with damage, such as ridges so make sure you keep them moisturized. Taking vitamins for your nail health will also help the ridges to disappear.

How to Protect Your Nails?

You may also want to use a buffer to rub down the ridges on your toenails. If they are due to a more serious issue, your GP will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment to reduce the ridges and improve the appearance of your nails. These nail protectors are firm favorites for wearing during a long shift!

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Are Ridges in Nails Common?

Ridges in toenails are more common than you might think, although understandably, they aren’t something we really talk about! The toenails suffer a great deal of wear and tear throughout the day, especially if we take part in sports, or are on our feet a lot, so it is understandable that they can suffer from trauma. In most cases, ridges, particularly on the toenails are nothing to worry about, but if you have any cause for concern, you should speak to your doctor.

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