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Pain Under Fingernail
I have a throbbing pain under my fingernail that came all of a sudden. It hurts when I press on it, and also hurts just sitting there. What is this?
If there is pain it usually indicates either an injury or possibly a disease process as an infection or growth.
Best to have it checked out. ...Read more
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
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
Can't say for sure: This is an interesting question without a definitive answer. No one knows for sure but the most thorough answer I found is it could be due to "poor circulation, anemia, fatigue, not enough oxygenation or exercise, heart disease, imbalanced nervous system, numbness, protein deficiency, vitamin a deficiency, low "chi." but none of this is proven. Another website said it means low thyroid. See comment:. ...Read more