A member asked:

I went to the dermatology twice, told me theres nothing wrong about line in my fingernail. can you give me suggestion. ?

5 doctors weighed in across 3 answers

Second opinion: Get a second opinion from another dermatologist. If the second dermatologist says there is nothing wrong and you still worry about the line, i suggest seeing a psychiatrist.

Answered 12/20/2012



Moniter closely: There are some lines (ie: melanonychia) which are normal and benign. Other lines are signs of melanoma or other disease. A dermatologist should be able to make the proper diagnosis. At the very least take a picture and moniter for change. Consider having a biopsy if the line changes or crosses the proximal nail fold (extends from the nail onto the skin).

Answered 3/30/2013


Dr. Glynis Ablon answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Would need to see: what kind of line-is it pigmented? does it touch proximal cuticle. need more information, but most board certified dermatologist know when to biopsy

Answered 4/26/2015



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