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Short Fingernails For Shingles
My teenaged sister a very short, dark, horizontal line on her fingernail near the tip. Should we be concerned?
Likely no need to: worry unless it is persistent or expanding. Likely had injury to the nail and it should resolve as the nail grows out. ...Read more
I get thin, short, black vertical lines beneath my fingernails that grow out. Months will pass and no lines and then they appear again. What are they?
Injured my fingernail, it fell off, it grew back with short horizontal ridges on it, they won't go away, nail collects dirt always looks dirty.
Injured cuticle: You neglected to indicate how long ago? After an injury, expect nail change for 6 months. If the injury caused permanent damage to the cuticle, the nail will never be normal. Keep very short. Lubricate frequently. ...Read more
Yes: A person can have shingles more than once. His primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a weakness in his immune system (or just bad luck, older age, or other bodily stressors) that allowed him to have the first case of shingles. The doctor can give some advice on whether or not the patient should get the shingles vaccine to help prevent a recurrence of shingles. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)
Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more