Stains on the Nails

What Is Vertical Lines Of Nails – Possible Causes Of Nails With Vertical Lines And Symptoms


The appearance of vertical streaks on the nail surface can depend on various local or systemic conditions. In people affected by the disorder, the nail plate has many parallel lines, more or less pronounced, which run vertically. At the same time, the nail may be thinned and fragile, as well as present fissures of the plate or incisions at the free edge.

Common causes include: brittle nails , trauma , lichen planus , chronic eczema, rheumatoid arthritis , and vascular insufficiency. The cases in which nails with vertical lines represent the symptom of tumors affecting or compressing the matrix are much rarer .

Nails with thin vertical lines are also common in older people. The rippling of the nail, in this case, is a phenomenon linked to the natural aging process , in particular, it is due to the atrophy of the nail matrix.

Possible Causes Of Nails With Vertical Lines

Nails with vertical lines is a common or probable symptom of these diseases

Common Causes

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Nail biting

Rare Causes

  • Dermatitis
  • Epidermolysis bullosa
  • Lichen planus

By clicking on the pathology of your interest, you will be able to read further information on its origins and the symptoms that characterize it. Nails with vertical lines can also be a typical symptom of other diseases, not included in our database and therefore not listed.

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