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My Nails Are Pale
Probably normal: If you are describing ridges that extend from your cuticle to the tip of your nail they are normal. They tend to become more common as you get older. ...Read more
Fungus: Trauma and various dermatologic problems can cause thickening and darkening of nails, but the most common cause is toenail fungus. Dermatophyte fungi infect the nail, essentially eating it and discarding the debris underneath. This causes the nail to thicken and discolor. The most effective treatment is oral antifungal medication. Lasers have become popular, but are expensive and not permanent. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
DARK LINES NAILS: In light-skinned people, dark lines can be due to medications, or depending how long it has been there, and on how many nails are involved, could be a rather serious tumor called melanoma. If you are dark-skinned, it could be a normal process, probably inherited. Your best bet is to see a dermatologist if this is new & something that has been worrying you. ...Read more
Ridged nails: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about. Vertical nail ridges extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
VisualDX: Hi, it’s hard to say without a picture but there is a great app that may be able to help you get a diagnosis without being seen in person by a dermatologist. The app is called VisualDX and is one of the best, if not the best out there. Many clinicians, including myself, use it. Just snap a photo and it gives you a list of possible diagnoses. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Most common: causes are excess vitamin intake (beta carotene or vitamin B), diet (excess carrots), and some medications, also we worry about jaundice (excess bilirubin) or diabetes. Check your diet and vitamin situation, and eliminate those mentioned above but if not better in a month see your primary care physician ...Read more
I have light brown lines on both of my thumbs and my nails are kinda bumpy like horizontal ridges?
Nails as a mirror: Nail and skin changes could be reflective of systemic or local diseases. When did you notice these changes? Are you pushing your cuticles down causing nail bed trauma? Do you have any other symptoms and/or chronic diseases? Is your diet balanced - are you taking enough minerals and vitamins? ...Read more
Generally no: White nail spots, or leukonychia, are generally harmless spots that arise most commonly from trauma to the nail matrix (where nail grows from). They are very common and the spots grow out with the nail and are eventually lost. That being said, some systemic conditions may cause nail discoloration, in particular liver or kidney disease. If u haven't seen a doctor in some time, maybe you should now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Finger signs: Dark color under fingernails may be acrocyanosis due to either peripheral constriction of blood vessels or lack of normal oxygenation due to cardiac or pulmonary problems(central cyanosis). If you don't have associated symptoms of shortness of breath or feeling of coldness in your fingers,you may not have a serious problem. Consult your physician if you still have concerns about your finger tips. ...Read more
Probably nothing: There are many causes of cold extremities. You are too young for severe peripheral vascular disease. There are other conditions - reynauds - that can cause transient vascular spasm. Of course the other issue is that you live up north. If it is very bothersome i would suggest you check it out by your primary doc - if all ok - u will have to live with it, or consider moving south. ...Read more
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