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What Does It Mean if You Have White Fingernail Lines?

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    A white line that extends across the nail and doesn’t move when the nail grows is called a Muehrcke’s line. It’s important to distinguish Muehrcke’s nails from Beau’s lines which also extend horizontally across the nail plate. If it’s a Beau’s line you’ll feel a ridge when you touch the nail, whereas a Muehrcke’s nail feels smooth to the touch. Another way to tell? When you press on the white line of a Muehrcke’s nails, the line will disappear whereas a Beau’s line will not.

    White Fingernail Lines: Muehrcke’s Nails

    Once you know it’s a Muehrcke’s nail, not a Beau’s line, should you be concerned? Muehrcke’s lines are usually seen when blood protein levels are low. The reason for the low protein state can vary from kidney disease to liver disease to malnutrition – among other causes. If you have this sign, see your doctor for blood studies to check your serum protein level. White fingernail lines from Muehrcke’s nails can also appear after cancer chemotherapy.

    Other Causes of White Lines on Nails

    White lines on fingernails can also be caused by trauma to the nail, but these “trauma lines” will look a little different than Muehrcke’s nails. Muehrcke’s nails usually extend across the entire nail bed horizontally from edge to edge whereas trauma lines typically only involve a portion of the nail and affect only a few fingers - not all the fingers on a hand. Sometimes something as simple as pushing back the cuticles too roughly can cause trauma lines to form.

    Another serious cause of white lines on fingernails are Mee’s nails which extend across the entire nail plate – similar to Muehrcke’s nails. The difference is these lines don’t disappear when you press on them and they grow along with the nail, whereas Muehrcke’s lines do not. These lines are usually seen with heavy metal poisoning, particularly arsenic, although they can be present in other cases of systemic illness as well.

    White Fingernail Lines: The Bottom Line?

    If you have white fingernail lines, it’s a good idea to see your doctor for blood tests unless you know they’re due to nail trauma or injury. Mee’s and Muehrcke nails can both be signs of serious health problems. If you have white fingernail lines, see your doctor to find out why.

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    Nice Article
     

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    Zinc deficiency. Thx.
     

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    Is this image correct? Because as it says to be a Muehrcke’s Nails that white bands should run parallel to the lunule. This images shows a normal whiteband.
    This is the Muehrcke’s Nails (Image from medscape)
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    I did not know!! Thank you for this useful information!!
     

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    The 1st Photo was not Muerckes's Lines .It was only Leuconychia striata and it doesn't correlate with any deficiency or systemic disease
     

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