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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Miller
10 years experience Family Medicine
Lots of reasons: When you say "lines" it is difficult to say as there are many types of lines. The most common lines seen are longitudinal (running along the length o ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Brown fingertips : There are two things that come to mind. Normal pigment from a person of dark color, or melanoma. Fungal infections also cause brown nails. The proper ... Read More
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Dr. William A Biermann
46 years experience Medical Oncology
Injury: Trauma and some illnesses can do this. Remember that nails are related to hair but grow more slowly so that an injury to them may show up over time. ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Different causes: Black stripes down 1 nail may be subungual hematoma. Red or brown streaks may be splinter hemorrhages. Brown/black lines from nail plate to tip are o ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Dermatologist: Your dermatologist is the best source for determining the cause and treatment of black lines in fingernails.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Laurence Badgley
53 years experience General Practice
Blood clots : Tiny blood clots, usually broken off from heart valves then float to the end arteries of the fingertips and get caught in the capillaries of the nail ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
26 years experience Urgent Care
Trauma vs infection: The most common cause of splinter like hemorrhages seen through the nail in the ail bed, come from trauma. I've had them in the past from tapping my n ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Batt
9 years experience Emergency Medicine
Purple line on nail: Fingernails can have many different signs. Purple lines may represent a couple different things; mole/freckle at the nail base or splinter hemorrhage. ... Read More
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A 74-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
44 years experience Family Medicine
Black nail lines: It seems extremely unlikely that the Lipitor (atorvastatin) had anything to do with the black lines on your fingernails. There are two reasons: 1) thi ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
6 months: Finger nails are completely replaced about every 6 months.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Keuer
Specializes in Dermatology
Keratin: Fingernails, like hair, are composed of a protein called keratin. Though made by specialized living cells in the nail matrix, keratin is a product and ... Read More

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