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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 of the nail). More specifically, longitudinal melanonychia means dark lines along the nails. This can be variant of normal, particularly in persons with dark skin. However, any new line of pigmentation should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
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 bed. They are not dangerous in and of themselves, but could be reflective of a heart problem. ...Read more
Are splinter looking brown lines under fingernails something to worry about? There aren't any other symptoms present.
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 nails on the desk. I had to break the habit. Splinter hemorrhages as signs of infection are more often seen at the base of the nail near the cuticle. Again, the most common cause of these hemorrhages is trauma, even as minor as tapping your nail. ...Read more
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. The latter is not specific to any disease state, but may be a sign of something else that is going on. If you recently injured your nail bed, that might be a sign of bruising.
http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/splinter_hemorrhage. ...Read more
Could there be a relationship between black lines on fingernails and lipitor (atorvastatin)? Since stopping the medicine they have disappeared
If there is allergy: Latex allergy is relatively uncommon (3-5% of the population) but for those affected it can cause different problems. It is possible to see problems with the finger nails, but you'd also expect to see skin changes elsewhere on the hands. It is also possible that with prolonged wear the increased moisture would promote fungal growth. Make sure you don't use artificial nails. They make things worse. ...Read more
The less you do the better --avoid nail polish and nail polish remover as much as possible and definitely avoid "fake" nails ---do not pick at nails or play with cuticles.
There are nail hardeners such as Genadur and oral Biotin may help strengthen nails ...Read more
Can be a lot: Fingernail disorders can be wide and varied as far as causes. Dermatologists are experts in fingernail diseases. White markings, called leukonychia, can be caused by trauma, infections, drugs, or other systemic diseases. ...Read more
Possibly: If there is a break in the skin at the fingernail fold or the fingernail bed, then that may serve as a route of infection for various bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It is important to keep good nail health by keeping them clean, dry and well manicured. ...Read more
First-aid: To treat a fingernail injury, first start by cleaning the area with an antiseptic solution. Next, apply an over the counter antibiotic ointment such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Keep the finger covered with a sterile dressing/bandaid. Keep the finger out of any contaminated exposures or prolonged liquid submersion. ...Read more
Nail ridges: Vertical nail ridges can result from differing cell turnover in the nail which can occur with aging. It is a common occurrence. Vertical ridges with nails that are brittle or splitting may be related to lichen planus, anemia or hypothyroidism. Changes in color or horizontal ridges may be related to possible medical problems. ...Read more
Circulatory issue: You may have a deficiency of the circulation to your fingers or a sympathetic nerve issue. This may be part of a condition termed Raynaud's phenomenon. Whatever the cause, it is best to bring this to the attention of your family doctor who can make a diagnosis for you. ...Read more
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