Ridges that run from one side of your nail to the other are known as Beau’s lines. “These horizontal ridges are associated with illnesses and conditions that suddenly slow or stop nail growth. Common examples include chemotherapy, diabetes, and kidney conditions.
Another health issue behind Beau’s lines: zinc deficiency. “Zinc is an important growth factor for cells throughout the body, especially actively dividing cells. Our nails are constantly growing, which requires nail cells to constantly divide and develop.” If we’re zinc deficient, our body will send whatever zinc it has to vital organs. This leads to poor nail growth and Beau’s lines.
Since these underlying issues can be serious, make an appointment with us if you’ve noticed unexplained Beau’s lines.