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Dealing with Beau’s line on nails

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Beau’s lines are deep furrowed lines which can be seen sideways on the fingernail or toenail. They look like ridges or indentations found in the nail plate. The lines in the nail might either run in a vertical or in horizontal manner. The horizontal ridges in the nails can be symptoms of some underlying conditions.

Symptoms of beau’s lines

  • Presence of horizontal lines or the horizontal ridges from one end to the end of the nail.
  • Evident extension of the grooves over the nail plate
  • Growth of multiple nails from a single root of a finger
  • A person with dermatitis can experience symptoms of beau’s lines in the nails.
  • The color of tissue under the affected nails is colored blue.
  • Beau’s lines symptoms can be experienced in the toes in the feet.
    Beau’s line

    Presence of horizontal lines or the horizontal ridges from one end to the end of the nail.


  • Long-term exposure to nail polish or moisture which result to peeling and makes the nail brittle.
  • Crushing the base of the nail
  • Biting the nails
  • Happens in the toe nails especially in people who are into running, due to constant rubbing of the nail to the shoe.
  • Constant picking or rubbing of the skin behind the nail.
  • Bacterial, yeast or fungus infections
  • Infections of the heart valve
  • Toxins or poisons such as arsenic
  • Excessive intake of silver
  • Undergoing chemotherapy treatment
  • Normal aging of a person affects the development of the fingernails and toe nails.
  • Malnutrition and insufficient nutrient in the diet


  • In a tub filled with warm water, add a tablespoon of salt, mix them well until salt is totally dissolved. Soak the affected hand and feet for at least 10 minutes. Wipe the area properly and apply a prescribed antiseptic solution. Another alternative is soaking the affected area in using olive oil to strengthen the nails. Apply moisturizer and cover the area with gloves before going to bed.
  • Take the prescribed multivitamin and zinc supplement for fast healing of the condition. Some foods rich in zinc contents include lobsters, beef, oysters, pork, chicken and lamb.
  • Treat fungal infections in the area by applying coconut oil or apple cider vinegar for fast healing of the condition.
  • Trim the affected nails after taking a bath and apply moisturizer all over the area and around the corner of the nails.


  • Avoid picking or biting the nails or the skin behind the nails.
  • Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes to lessen symptoms of beau’s lines.
  • Avoid excessive use of nail polish to prevent drying out of the nails and result to Beau’s lines or horizontal ridges on nails.
  • Applying moisturizing lotion regularly on the affected hands and feet with the finger nails and the toe nails before going to bed.
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