I've had these ridges on my fingernails for as long as I can remember but they seem to be getting worse and now a "mottled peeling" of skin on some of my fingers has appeared. I've had chronic pain for years (with the attendent medications), have sleep apnea/no-slow-wave-sleep, and am a paraplegic from a cancerous tumor on my spinal cord when a child. But other than that am in perfect health. Does anyone have any idea what this is, especially the nails? They split all the way to the cuticle sometimes and as soon as any "white" appears they start splitting so I have to cut them. Thank you so much
Many medical conditions can affect the shape or texture of the fingernails.
Vertical nail ridges and brittleness are fairly common and nothing to worry about.
These features usually come more numerous or prominent with age.
Brittleness of the nails may also be a result of the long-term use of nail polish or exposure to moist conditions (including frequent swimming or dishwashing). Some diseases are also associated with changes in the nails, which can include brittleness. If your fingernails change color or you develop horizontal nail ridges, consult your doctor. These changes could indicate an underlying health condition.
Taking biotin (a vitamin) supplements can help in some cases of brittle nails, and application of moisturizers after soaking in water can also be of benefit.
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