Lines and indentations:
Ridges can signify a possible infection such as the flu.
Transverse depressions. Occurs when growth at the nail root (matrix) is interrupted by any severe acute illness e.g. heart attack, measles, pneumonia, or fever. These lines emerge from under the nail folds weeks later, and allow us to estimate when the patient was sick.
NAILS; corrugated; transversely: ars., med.
Transverse white lines that run across the nail, following the shape of the nail moon. Uncommon. Causality: after acute/severe illness, Arsenic poisoning.
Thus homeopathic remedy= Ars alb
(Lengthwise grooves or ridges) – may indicate a kidney disorder (kidney failure); associated with ageing; iron deficiency (Anemia). May indicate a tendency to develop arthritis
NAILS; roughness fingernails; ridges, longitudinal: fl-ac.
NAILS; roughness fingernails; ribbed: thuj.
NAILS; corrugated: ars., calc., calc-f., fl-ac., med., ph-ac., sabad., sel., Sil., thuj.
Clubbing of the fingers
fingertips widen and become round. Nails curve around your fingertips, more convex. Proximal nail fold feels spongy. Caused by enlargement in connective tissue as compensation for a chronic lack of oxygen. e.g. severe emphysema Lung disease is present in 80 percent of people who have clubbed fingers. It may also appear in chronic infections especially abscesses, lung cancer, chronic lung (chronic bronchitis, emphysema) and heart disease, longstanding TB, congenital heart disease, cyanotic, primary biliary cirrhosis.
med., nit-ac., tub.
curved fingernails; consumption, in: med., tub.
Small pits or depressions. Most common nail problem seen in 25 percent to 50 percent of people with psoriasis.
Extremities; NAILS; holes in: ars.
Psoriasis – pitting, onycholysis, thickening, circumscribed yellowish tan discoloration “oil spot” lesion.
Soft nails that look scooped out. Depression is usually large enough to hold a drop of liquid. Often indicates iron deficiency anemia.
Extremities; NAILS; complaints of; depressed: med.
Lifting of the nail from the nail bed. Causes: trauma, psoriasis, drug reactions, bacterial/fungal infection, contact dermatitis from using nail hardeners, thyroid disease, iron deficiency anemia or syphilis.
Looseness fingernails: apis., med., pyrog., ust.
Thickening of the nail. Either congenital (e.g. Mal de Meleda) or acquired – The nail becomes deformed with claw like appearance. Causes: Not cutting the nails, trauma, Leprosy, peripheral vascular disorders.
NAILS; hypertrophy: calc-f., fl-ac., graph., laur.
NAILS; thick: alum., anan., ant-c., ars., but-ac., calc., calc-f., calo., caust., falco-p., ferr., fl-ac., Graph., merc., pitu-a., pop-c., sabad., sec., sep., Sil., sulph., ust., x-ray
The nail becomes thin, rudimentary and smaller size congenital or acquired. Causes: Lichen planus, Epidermolysis bullosa, Darrier’s disease, vascular disturbances, Leprosy.
NAILS; atrophic: sil.
NAILS; grow, do not: ant-c., pitu-a., rad-br., sil.
Nail Patella Syndrome
a rare genetic disorder, occurs in 2.2 out of every 100,000 people and causes abnormalities in the bones and nails. autosomal dominant. Carried by the ABO blood group.
Nails present as small and concave, longitudinally grooved, abnormally split, pitted, softened, discolored, or brittle.
Remedies: Thuja, Graphites, Calc-flour, Syph.
H; Hands; NAILS, fingers, general; grow, nails, do not: ant-c., calc., sil.