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justagirl
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help!!! i have developed ridges on my nails. i am wondering if anyone knows what causes this and what i can do to get rid of them or make them less noticable. thanks you all for any of your help!
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kythryne
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Nail weirdness is frequently a sign of a nutritional deficiency of some variety, although ridges on the nails can also be caused by things like stress or illness. Are you eating a well-balanced diet? If you are, and the ridges don't clear up as your nails grow out, you might want to check with your doctor about it.

As for what you can do to make them less obvious, well, I don't have any good ideas. Don't try to file the ridges down, though, as that'll just weaken the nail and possibly cause other problems.

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Gumdrop Girl
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nails are protein. as kyth mentioned, they can indicate some nutritional imbalances. eat more protein to restore them.

if your nails are also brittle and yellowing, it could be nail fungus. nail fungi are contagious and can be cleared up with anti-fungal ointment. just see your doc.

and definitely don't file off the ridges. i made that mistake once and my nail split open at the base. it hurts like a beast for several week and doesn't go away until your nail grows out.

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Celtic Daisy
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Because i don't know for sure, i'm just gonna assume that ridges are like, cracks. I have them on my toe nails, but only the right ones. I saw a docter about them, and he did a bunch of tests, and apparently there's nothing i can't do about them. You could try using nail strengtheners, sometimes they work.

And if "ridges" and cracks are different, i just gave some useless advice. hehe!

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Mophead
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Sally Hansen nail strengtheners work for me.

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