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There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, its the best I could describe it. What could this be?

There's a dent in the middle of my fingernail, it almost looks like it collapsed, its the best I could describe it. What could this be?

Trauma vs inflam'n: Indentation in the nail plate is generally caused by injury to the nail matrix, which sits under the skin where the nail grows out (opposite end to the free edge of the nail called proximal nail fold). So, either trauma (ie from picking) or inflammation (ie chronic eczema, or psoriasis) can cause nail plate abnormality. To avoid permanent scarring, see your dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. they function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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Why do my fingernail have lines?

Why do my fingernail have lines?

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

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What do bad fingernails indicate?

What do bad fingernails indicate?

Derm eval: There are many different conditions that can effect nails. It is best to have your dermatologist evaluate your nails to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Fingernails that curl under why ?

Fingernails that curl under why ?

Ingrown nail: Ingrown nail is said to be due to tight shoes. Then try wider shoes. See your doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

Do latex gloves damage fingernails?

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

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Losing fingernails and discoloring?

Losing fingernails and discoloring?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more

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What is white crest of a fingernail?

What is white crest of a fingernail?

Lunula: I believe you are referring to the lunula or "little moon" seen under your fingernail most prominently on your thumb. It is an area of less developed collagen and has little medical significance although abnormailties may be associated with systemic disease. ...Read more

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How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

How do I heal an in-grown fingernail?

Warm soaks: Soak your finger in warm water (can also add 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salts) for 10 minutes. Then gently ease your cuticle away from your ingrown fingernail. See your doc if you have redness, warmth, pus, increased pain or no improvement. Good luck! ...Read more

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Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Under my fingernails itch, what to do?

Follow with doctor: Itching of the fingernails may be a sign of an infection, such as a fungal infection. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more