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Old June 16th, 2006, 09:40 AM   #1
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My fingernails grow funny. Both of my thumbnails have a peak in the middle, and my index fingers start growing downward if they're more than 1/8" past my fingertip (does that make sense?)

Does anyone have any idea why my fingernails grow funny like this? The rest of my fingernails and all my toenails are normal.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 10:27 AM   #2
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I'm not sure how accurate this is but I found an article on Wikipedia that says
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Clubbing, or nails that curve down around the fingertips with nailbeds that bulge is associated with oxygen deprivation and lung, heart, or liver disease.
I'm sure that's not what you have though... have your nails always been this way?
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Old June 16th, 2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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Here are a couple links I found:
http://www.naturalhealthtechniques.c...l_analysis.htm
http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/...aildisease.htm

I'm no expert but according to the first link, the fact that you have down turned index nails, it could be something to do with your liver? You could always get some advice from your doctor.
I hope I'm not freaking you out! It might just be something that a Master Cleanse could cure
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Old June 16th, 2006, 11:51 AM   #4
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Hmm, that doesn't sound too good! No cleanse for me right now though, since I'm still nursing DS. Might warrant a chat with my doc though. My nails have been like this for years. I'm in good health as far as I can tell though, and never had any issues with any of the bloodwork I had done when my doc thought my thyroid was underactive, or when I was pregnant. Hmmm.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #5
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I just looked at the pics of clubbed nails, and that doesn't look anything like my nails. Which is good. From the tops, they look perfectly normal, but when you look at the fingertips, at the edge of the nail, they're all weird.

Maybe I should post pics of my nails... when I get my camera back this weekend.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 05:33 PM   #6
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If it makes you feel any better, I have funny nails, too. I decided it was hereditary, because my mother's nails do the same thing. For me, it's the index and second fingers that curve down. The index ones are the worst; they're annoying and I have to trim them as soon as they decide to curve over my finger. My other fingernails don't curve as much as they "dip". Hard to explain.

Nutrition doesn't matter, oils don't matter - they never change. They've been like this all my life.

Maybe I'll have to let them grow out and take a picture, so others can see what we're talking about.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 05:50 AM   #7
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My ring finger has a lengthwise ridge 2/5 of the way from the thumb side to the pinky side. It's more prominent on the right one. It's always been there.

My index finger turns down as you have described, and it is not clubbed. My right middle fingernail gets flat if it grows too long.

My index toenails bend down, but the middle and ring toes don't. My pinky toenails grow at a weird angle.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 07:23 AM   #8
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I have never, EVER grown my fingernails long because of how ugly I think they are. My middle and ring fingers are the worst - the tips of those fingers are very square, and my nails are triangular. Also, the nails on my ring fingers grow about twice as fast as the rest. Index fingernails break twice as fast as the others. The bottoms of my thumbnails are square. Add to that, my nails have very pronounced ridges.

The only fingers that have remotely "normal" nails are my pinkees.

I had a friend buff, smooth, and shape them once a long time ago, and after about 2-3 hours of patience on BOTH parties, my nails CAN look pretty, but it takes WAAY too much effort for my tastes. I'm dreading getting my nails done for my wedding.

My toenails, with the exception of my pinkee toe of my left foot (old injury), are fine. I've never had any ingrowns. If I let my toenails get a little longer, they look super painted. One foot-fetishest boyfriend I had aeons ago even said I had really attractive feet. LOL
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:09 PM   #9
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I have funny nails as well. I figured they are very dry because as soon as my hands and nails have been wet for a while my nails are straight. The only ones that are "normal" are the nails on my thumbs and index fingers.
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Old June 21st, 2006, 09:04 PM   #10
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Here is a fun link, palm readers have named the different nail shapes, it is not uncommon for a person to have two or three different shapes of nails all on the same hand.

My mother's nails were all perfectly oval, while mine are mixed up, oval, square, spatulate or maybe almond #2 shaped.

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