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Pitting Nails Can Be Signs of Something Serious

Pitting Nails Can Be Signs of Something Serious

Nail pits are visible depressions on the surface of your nail. When the superficial layers of your nail plate develop defectively, nail pitting occurs. However, nail pitting can also be a sign of something more serious such as malnutrition, psoriasis, a respiratory disease or connective tissue disorders.*

A trauma to an individual nail bed can localize pitting to a single nail. Usually when a more serious health implication is in play, you’ll notice nail pits on multiple nails, in which case you should follow up with your doctor as soon as possible.

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