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What are the best places to tell what are black lines in fingernails?

Dermatologist

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Your dermatologist is the best source for determining the cause and treatment of black lines in fingernails.
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Dr. Ali Elkhalil answered:

Why are my toe nails and finger nails turning black?

Fungal infection

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need oral lamisil however befor taking medication you need liver fuction test
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

Could there be a relationship between black lines on fingernails and Lipitor?Since stopping the medicine they have disappeared

No

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Restart the Lipitor and see if they come back. It's not a reported side effect, but we're all different!
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

I have a small black spot under my thumb fingernail, what is it ?

Have it evaluated

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Have it evaluated. It is often nothing but it may be a more serious condition such as a melanoma.
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What causes black vertical lines under fingernails ? I am asking for a 66 yr. old male.

Blood clots

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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 bed. They are not dangerous in and of themselves, but could be reflective of a heart problem.
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Dr. Alan Ettinger answered:

what would cause toe and fingernails to turn black and fall off? no trauma, no pain.

Medication

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Nutrition, Fungus, many causes. Discuss this with your Dr.
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Dr. Ward Dean answered:

I have a small single black line on the tip of my fingernail. It looks like a small splinter...what could it be?

Splinter hemorrhage

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It's called a splinter hemorrhage. If you only have them occasionally, don't worry about it.
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Dr. Adam Bodian answered:

One of my fingernails is black by the cuticle and on the front. It doesn't wash off. Is it a fungus?

Not necessarily

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If it appeared quickly, like over night, then it most probably is trauma. It may also be a mole growing in the area or a fungus. Smokers may get some black in the cuticle and nail. If it lasts for more than two weeks, then go to your dermatologist to have it diagnosed.
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Dr. Steven Frydman answered:

hello, i am an asian girl with fair skin and i have the vertical black lines on my fingernails and toenails. what does this mean? thanks.

Chemical reaction

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VertiCal lines in bot finger and toenails could be due to some chemical that was ingested.horizontal lines are more common and again caused by a drug or something ingested
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Dr. Dennis Timko answered:

My Mom's toenails and fingernails are black. Is there anything that will clear this? She wks @ a hotel where they also use chemicals

Shoes fit?

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Could be related to proper fitting of her shoes??? Always have 1 finger width from the edge of the shoe to the longest toe. If toenails and fingernails are getting discolored you might want to have her see her doctor for Raynaud's disease. disease.http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/raynaud/
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