Nail abnormalities


Nail abnormalities are problems with the color, shape, texture, or thickness of the fingernails or toenails.

Alternative Names

Beau's lines; Fingernail abnormalities; Spoon nails; Onycholysis; Leukonychia; Koilonychia; Brittle nails


Just like the skin, the fingernails tell a lot about your health.







Normal aging affects the growth and development of the nails.

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you have:

If you have splinter hemorrhages, see the doctor immediately.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

The health care provider will look at your nails and ask questions about your symptoms. Questions may include:

Diagnostic tests will depend on what other symptoms, if any, exist. These may include x-rays, blood tests, or examination of parts of the nail in the laboratory.


Using the vitamin biotin and clear nail polish that contains protein can help strengthen your nails.

Review Date: 5/13/2011
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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