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Why do my fingernail have lines?

Why do my fingernail have lines?

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

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What causes dark lines under fingernails?

What causes dark lines under fingernails?

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.
I often see this in my oncology patient with certain chemotherapy. They well have lines in the nails. ...Read more

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What causes black vertical lines under fingernails? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

What causes black vertical lines under fingernails? I am asking for a 66 yr. Old male.

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

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Are splinter looking brown lines under fingernails something to worry about? There aren't any other symptoms present.

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

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What does it mean if I have purple lines on fingernails?

What does it mean if I have purple lines on fingernails?

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

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Are fingernails a living thing?

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 as such is not alive. ...Read more

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What do bad fingernails indicate?

What do bad fingernails indicate?

Derm eval: There are many different conditions that can effect nails. It is best to have your dermatologist evaluate your nails to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Fingernails that curl under why?

Ingrown nail: Ingrown nail is said to be due to tight shoes. Then try wider shoes. See your doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

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

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Losing fingernails and discoloring?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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What is white crest of a fingernail?

What is white crest of a fingernail?

Lunula: I believe you are referring to the lunula or "little moon" seen under your fingernail most prominently on your thumb. It is an area of less developed collagen and has little medical significance although abnormailties may be associated with systemic disease. ...Read more

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How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

Warm soaks: Soak your finger in warm water (can also add 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salts) for 10 minutes. Then gently ease your cuticle away from your ingrown fingernail. See your doc if you have redness, warmth, pus, increased pain or no improvement. Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I keep my fingernails healthy?

Nail hygiene: 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

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Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Follow with doctor: Itching of the fingernails may be a sign of an infection, such as a fungal infection. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why might someone not have fingernails?

Why might someone not have fingernails?

Nails: Significant infections may lead to loss of nails. ...Read more

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What do you do when your fingernail breaks?

Try to clip it down: So that you won't experience uneven pressure against your finger. Clip it straight across with a nail clipper. ...Read more

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What does the white mean on my fingernails?

What does the white mean on my fingernails?

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

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Why are there white marks on my fingernails?

Why are there white marks on my fingernails?

Be checked: That sounds like mees lines, which can be a sign of heavy metal poisoning or renal failure. ...Read more

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Could diseases enter through your fingernails?

Could diseases enter through your fingernails?

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

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What can I use to make my fingernails drop off?

What?????: Don't know of any healthy way to do this or why you would want to do this. ...Read more

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Peeled off side of fingernail, what should I do?

Peeled off side of fingernail, what should I do?

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

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What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

What do I do if I have ridges in my fingernails?

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

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Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

Any reasons why my fingernails turn blue easily?

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