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if i have a black line on my toenail, who should i see to check it out? a dermatologist or a podiatrist?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Most likely to be-: -a bruise. If your shoes @ the end jam the big toe, or if you stump your toe the bruise shows up as a black line starting @ the base and gradually grows out with the nail. If this is it not 2 worry. For peace of mind, see your PCP 4 an eval.when you go in be sure all polish is removed from the nails of both feet!
Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
Podiatry 44 years experience
Melanonychia is over production of melanin by melanocytes. More common in blacks. Typically not a problem but could be malignant. Should be checked. This condition is typically a line and usually not the total nail.
May 18, 2015

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