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Vertical ridges in my nails

(21 Posts)
katymac Sat 14-Oct-17 20:04:06

& they are quite brittle too

Dr Google is suggesting low iron - but I'm actually taking more iron and folic acid than I have ever taken before (found an iron that I can digest)

So could it be anything else? I hesitate to take more than the RDA of iron (unlike vit C etc which are water soluble)

katymac Sat 14-Oct-17 21:13:14


greyfriarskitty Sat 14-Oct-17 21:16:30

I have had this for years with nothing ever shifting it or being found wrong with me. If it's anything, I think it's my dodgy digestion.

I do find that using a good nail oil helps a bit though.

withoutthelittledots Sat 14-Oct-17 21:20:49

Do they run from side to side, or down the length of the nails?

katymac Sat 14-Oct-17 21:23:42

Down the length

I have dodgy digestion too but they have got worse since I have been supplimenting (with all sorts)

Blueberrysandgrapes76 Sat 14-Oct-17 21:42:44

Fungal infection

katymac Sun 15-Oct-17 12:48:46


DH has had a fungus - but his look quite different

Puffpaw Sun 15-Oct-17 13:31:26

Probiotics, yoghurt, sauerkraut and patience.

rizlett Sun 15-Oct-17 13:42:40

Whilst it can be a sign of disease this also naturally happens as you get older too op. Filing the ridges will make your nails smoother of course.

missyB1 Sun 15-Oct-17 13:46:23

I have them too but only on a couple of nails and they are very brittle as well.

BusterGonad Sun 15-Oct-17 14:29:38

Oh I have this and I've got IBD, I never knew it was related!

LaCerbiatta Sun 15-Oct-17 14:34:48

I have this and my iron is also on the low side. whic iron supplement have you found that you can digest? I can't get on with any sad

RavingRoo Sun 15-Oct-17 14:35:35

Try drinking more water. Mine disappeared in a week after drinking 8 cups a day

KoolKoala07 Sun 15-Oct-17 14:37:50

Do u suffer with dermatitis or eczema or ever used steroid cream? That can make nails ridgy.

katymac Sun 15-Oct-17 19:19:01

LaCerbiatta floradix - but only sometimes, sometimes they pass through undigested

KoolKoala07 not for 10 years or so

rizlett refuse to allow that 49 could be considered old wink

Puffpaw I'm dairy free

OK I'll just keep plodding along with the iron & hope I'm doing the right thing

Puffpaw Sun 15-Oct-17 21:03:50

Ok, probiotics, kimchi, tempeh, and sauerkraut. All dairy free, all will improve your gut biome and all will improve digestion and absorption

LaCerbiatta Sun 15-Oct-17 23:59:07

Thanks but sadly floradix doesn't agree with me at all - horrible, painful constipationsad

nooka Mon 16-Oct-17 00:13:35

I have quite deep ridges in my thumbnails and none of my finger nails are completely smooth. They have always been a bit ridgy but have got worse these last few years. If I file them they snap really easily. I've always just thought it was how I was made, but I do have digestive problems (silent reflux mostly) which also started many years ago and have got worse more recently.

withoutthelittledots Mon 16-Oct-17 00:25:55

I've had lengthwise ridges for a long time, and I was told that it was caused by damage to the nail bed. The damage to a small area causes the nail to grow at a different thickness to the bit beside it. I used to bite my nails as a kid, and at one time had a fairly manual job (farm-related) so I put it down to that in my case.
I don't have half-moons on my fingernails either - only on the thumbnails.

katymac Mon 16-Oct-17 08:20:17

Do you take the liquid or the tablet?

I started about 18m ago on one tablet every third day, then every other day and around easter I moved to every day

No idea about the nails now - so confused!

greyfriarskitty Mon 16-Oct-17 12:48:39

Have you tried the Spatone? I find that, with orange juice, does get digested

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