Spoon nails, also called koilonychia, is a condition characterized by abnormal thinning and concavity (spoon-like shape) of the nails. This condition usually affects the fingernails but can also affect the toenails. Symptoms of spoon nails may include:
- Concave shape: The nails appear to be scooped out or sunken in, resembling a spoon’s shape. The central portion of the nail bed dips inwards, causing the nail to curve.
- Fragility: Spoon nails are often more fragile than normal nails, making them prone to breakage or deformation.
- Softness: Affected nails may feel soft and pliable, rather than hard and firm.
- Color changes: In some cases, the nails may have discoloration, such as paleness or a yellowish tint.
- Indentations: The surface of the nails may have horizontal or vertical indentations, known as Beau’s lines.
It’s important to note that spoon nails can be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as iron deficiency anemia, hemochromatosis (iron overload), hypothyroidism, or certain genetic disorders. If you are experiencing spoon nails or any other concerning nail changes, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.« Back to Glossary Index