Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Thyroid Cause Hair, Nail Problems?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 04:43 PM

Question: I have extreme hair loss and very brittle fingernails that split and crack. They also have deep ridges on the surface of them. Should I be tested for thyroid problems?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes, definitely. All these symptoms are associated with under active thyroid disorders, and you should have your thyroid evaluated. Deep horizontal nail ridges should be signals to your doctor that a disease may be the underlying cause. Vertical ridging is much less of a concern.
Horizontal ridges may be caused by trauma, infection, a skin disease, malnutrition, hypocalcemia, chemotherapy, infection, drugs, or other health problems. A single blood test and physical evaluation should provide all the information your doctor will need to diagnose you correctly. 

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Hair and nail problems are often the result of thyroid issues, but other conditions can also cause them.

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