How to Treat Ridge Nails
Get the Right Diagnosis
My son's thumb and index finger nails started turning weird oblique and bumpy shape when he was 8. I took him to his primary care doctor. At first his doctor said it might be iron deficiency and ordered few tests. But the results showed my son's iron level was normal. Then the doctor said it was fungi and prescribed a cream to treat it. It did stop its bumpiness on the new nail, but once my son stop using it, that weird oblique shape was back again. I asked my son's doctor whether there's an alternative way to treat that type of finger nails, she replied that if the cream my son was using work, just continue to use it, then hurried out to the next patient. But the cream contains steroids which is not suppose to use on kids, especially prolong use on kids (my son was 11 at that time). So we changed my son's primary care doctor. The new doctor believed my son had clubbing nails and referred him to a dermatologist right away. We were very happy and had high hope on this dermatologist because dermatologists are licensed and should have the expertise on nail problems, especially when I saw there were a lot of certificates hung on the walls of her office. However, our hope fell short. When we asked what cause my son's nail problem, the dermatologist said she didn't know and asked to see the cream the previous doctor prescribed. Then she had my son to try on a different cream and come back to see her in three week. Three days after using the new cream, the skin around my son's finger nails start to crack and bleed. I told him to stop using the new cream right way and called his primary care doctor for a new referral. This time, thank goodness, we got a good dermatologist. After asking for any other health problems with my son, the doctor concluded the cause of the problem was my son's habit of picking his cuticles. In order to stop that bad habit, my son was asked to put the toughest Gorilla Glue onto his cuticles. I was skeptical at that time, but didn't mind giving it a try because I didn't think a little glue on his fingers could do much harm.
The Right Treatment for My Son's Ridge Nails
I was worried that the glue might prevent the new nails from growing. To my surprise, the glue worked great. It didn't block the new nails from coming out, but stopped my son from picking his cuticles and protected his cuticles from being injured by other objects. We knew it worked when his new nails came out normal. Here is how to apply the Gorilla glue on the cuticles:
- Place a piece of paper on a table to avoid any unwanted glue,
- Rest the hand flat with palm facing down on paper,
- Squeeze out a dab of glue on the paper,
- Use a toothpick or other tool to help transfer the glue to the cuticle,
- Use tissue paper to remove any excess glue,
- Let the hand free of touching anything until the glue on the cuticle is dry,
- Repeat all the steps after the new nail push forward the glue.
This Gorilla glue is clear liquid when it comes out from the bottle but becomes solid and expands twice the size after it is dry. It also turns yellowish. If you worry about what other people might have to say about that wired looking stuff on your nail, you can cover it up loosely with a bandage.
Find the Right Doctor
If you or someone you know has the similar shape of nail, you can give the Gorilla glue a try. It only costs you few dollars and it's easy and simple to use. Of course, you should check with your doctor first and make sure there is no other causes to the ridge nail. It is also worth the time and effort to get a second or even third opinion about your nail condition if you should have any doubt. It is very important that you have the good doctor who can do the right diagnosis and give you the right treatment.
I did a search on the internet and found out that people also called this type of nail brittle nail or a type of spoon nail or Koilonychia.