I've noticed that I have a little indentation on my


Q: I've noticed that I have a little indentation on my thumb nail. Is this normal or could it be a sign of something serious? Thanks!

Symptoms:  None
I've noticed that I have a ...-1

A:   Hello.
Thanks for your query and a picture.

The indentation on your nail is midway and distal.
This indicates that there was some problem 3 to 5 months back. This is so as the growth rate of thumb nail is 6 months.
The probable problem could have been:
-Minor trivial trauma which you may recollect like getting trapped somewhere of a direct hit over nail bed.
- Or suffered from some intestinal issues where the absorption of the micro-nutrients and vitamins was affected, which show changes in the nail/s.

Your Query: Is this normal or could it be a sign of something serious?
This is definitely not a serious matter as the rest of the nail is absolutely healthy, particularly the base corresponding to the last 2 to 3 months.
Hence there is nothing to worry bout at the moment.

Some marks near the nail appear to be signs of nail biting. Do you have the habit of nail biting or stress and anxiety problems which is normal appearance in day-to-day's life?

I hope this answers your query. Please feel free to ask for more or if you need further clarifications or if you feel there is a gap of communication.

Comments / Follow Ups

Patient: Thanks for your fast reply. I do have some stress, typically I pick at the skin around my nails mostly because it is dry. I need to get a good lotion and knock it off! Thanks again! Justin
Doctor: Absolutely yes.
Please get it (stress) reduced.

You are most welcome.
Have a great, stress-free day .

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