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Are my ridges and the splitting due to cystic fibrosis?

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Q. I have the lung disease cystic fibrosis and I have clubbed fingernails. My nails have ridges that split because my nails are very thin. Are the ridges and the splitting due to my lung condition?

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Q. I have the lung disease cystic fibrosis and I have clubbed fingernails. My nails have ridges that split because my nails are very thin. Are the ridges and the splitting due to my lung condition?

A. Clubbing is a nail condition that frequently occurs in patients with lung disease. The ridges and splitting that you describe may also be due in part to the lung disease. However, it is likely that whatever the cause of your nail problems, your splitting and ridging will benefit from the following:

  • Always apply moisturizers after washing and drying your hands.
  • Clip and file your nails only after bathing, when the nails are soft and pliable.
  • Always file your nails in one direction, rather than back and forth.
  • Whenever an irregularity develops at the end of a nail, file it smooth to prevent it from snagging on something and further splitting the nail.

Although these measures will help the problem, there is no cure for clubbed fingernails.

 

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