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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
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
Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?
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
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
Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See below: It could be that your sock is too tight and pressing on the skin. ...Read more
Nail fungus treatmen: I ususally outline the following options for my patinets: topical creams topical antifungal nail polish removal of nail oral antifungals (some risk of liver concerns) laser nail treatment. Talk with your podiatrist about these options to see which is best for you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Melanonychia: Melanonychia is brown or black pigmentation of the nail unit. Melanonychia commonly presents as pigmented band arranged lengthwise along the nail unit, and this presentation is known as longitudinal (lm) melanonychia or melanonychia striata. The most important cause of melanonychia is subungual melanoma, although a variety of other causes includes systemic disorders, trauma, inflammatory disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fingernail Ridges: Vertical fingernail ridges fingernail ridges are not always a health concern. There is a distinction between vertical and horizontal fingernail ridges. Vertical ridges are normal and are not a sign of any medical health concern. They extend from the base of your fingernail to the tip in an aligned and orderly positioning. They appear more prominently with age. ...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 ›
Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?
Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more
Lightly bumped front tooth w/weddingband. Used flashlight from under tooth. See horizontal line middle of tooth! Can't feel w/ nail. Craze line? 63yo
Probably: Lightly bumping your tooth with wedding ring unlikely to cause much damage. Seen it chip an edge of tooth. However, due to your age , you probably have numerous wear and damages including craze lines in the enamel. The light reflecting thru the tooth may make these obvious. We use the light to examine the teeth in a similar fashion. Not likely a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Any shape.Get a more detailed answer ›