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Line In Nail
Pigmentation: Vertical nail pigmentation or melonychia can be caused by various growths in the growth plate of the nail called the matrix. These growths can be either benign or malignant. Benign melonychia is relatively common in patients of color e.g. Hispanics and blacks. Melonychia of recent onset or with recent changes is best evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
I have a grey vertical line on my pointer finger. As the nail grows, the line is on the new nail . I've had no injury to the nail.
See a dermatologist: If you never had these kind of lines on your nails and you have one now you should see a dermatologist as soon as possible. These lines are usually benign but in rare cases they might signal an abnormal growth at the base of the nail that needs to be treated. The sooner you see the doctor the better. ...Read more
For a subungual melanoma (nail melanoma), the dark vertical line has to be on the surface or beneath the nail?
Spot on the nail bed: Usually seen through the nail.Get a more detailed answer ›
Brown line in the middle of one of my nails and half of the nail is brittle, could it be fungus or nail damage?
Melanonychia: Longitudinal melanonychia is a brown-to-black line within the nail. It is frequently seen in patients with darker skin types and often on multiple nails. It can be seen in certain syndromes (e.g., laugier-hunziker) or due to medications. Rarely, it can represent a melanoma (cancer) of the nail and so should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nail discoloration : A dark line across your nail may have a variety of causes. Trauma to the nail plate from athletic activity may cause some subungual (under the nail) bleeding. If this the source in time a clear nail will grow out. A fungal infection can cause this as well. A specialist will determine if a biopsy is necessary to rule out a relatively less common but more serious condition such as a melanoma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: yes this could be Beau's line. You may have had some injury to the nail, or sometimes we see these with other systemic illnesses. However one nail involvement would suggest trauma or injury to the nail. Human nail grows from the base at the cuticle, and that is where the injury probably occurred ...Read more
Right thumbnail has a bluelish/black line down the length of the nail just off center towards the right (palm down)?
Its possibly: normal, but melanomas of the nails present sometimes like that I would get it checked out especially if no trauma to nail was involved ...Read more
Horizontal and vertical lines on big toes. Brownish dark color on edges and a big fat horizontal line in the middle. PS. She has thyroid problems.
More information: Hi Mahal, More information about symptoms associated with the skin changes and other underlying medical illnesses would be helpful. Rashes and skin changes are more easily diagnosed with an in-person visit with a dermatologist. For thyroid related skin changes, I have found an article that may be helpful for you: http://bit.ly/2ixoqi3 ...Read more
Big toe nail fungus and blood blister underside of toe. Saw a podiatrist, he clipped the excess toenail and the pain is now under the toe.
I have a light brown vertical line on my ring finger. My pigment nail is right there in my photo. It extends to the cuticle, no signs of the nail fold
See below: It could be that your sock is too tight and pressing on the skin. ...Read more
My finger nails are strong but my big toe nails always break not the tip of the nail break from the bottom or crack in the middle.
Toe nail damage: Footwear beats hell out of the big toe nails, as does athletics. Evaluate your shoes. If you wear high heels, especially closed toe, that might be your problem. ...Read more
Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused
See a doctor: Your nail needs to be examined by your doctor, preferably by a dermatologist. After examination you will be guided further. A close watch for change in the size of discoloration or the skin around will guide the doctor further. Keep good photographs to detect changes over time(weekly). Good luck ...Read more