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Fingernails can reveal many things about a person’s health. One of the most common changes they undergo is developing ridges. Vertical ridges are common, though horizontal ridges are also possible. Many people worry about these ridges, for either cosmetic or health reasons. Typically, nail ridges are normal and aren’t a sign of any serious condition. However, in some cases, fingernail ridges could point to a medical condition.

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1. Aging

When a person ages, their body undergoes many changes; the fingernails and nail beds are no exception. Age can cause the nails to become thicker or thinner, and it can disturb the texture of the nail. As part of these changes, the fingernails may develop vertical ridges beginning at the cuticle and stretching to the tip of the nail. Experts think this could be a sign of slowing rates of cell growth. The top of the nail sheds dead cells like normal, but there is not enough cell growth to replace the dead cells.

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