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I have thin, black longitudinal lines running down the nails of 3 fingers. Some are wider than others. I also have vitiligo. What causes the lines?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
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In brief: Pigment cells

This is caused by pigmentbcells at the base of the nail and is common in african americans.
The vitiliog is not conner ted but can be treated depending on the area, and size of the vitiigo. The lines do not require treatment. Removal would require surgery which is not recommended.

In brief: Pigment cells

This is caused by pigmentbcells at the base of the nail and is common in african americans.
The vitiliog is not conner ted but can be treated depending on the area, and size of the vitiigo. The lines do not require treatment. Removal would require surgery which is not recommended.
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Tina Merritt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Vitiligo

We think vitiligo is autoimmune.
I'm an allergist. May need a dermatologist to answer.

In brief: Vitiligo

We think vitiligo is autoimmune.
I'm an allergist. May need a dermatologist to answer.
Dr. Tina Merritt
Dr. Tina Merritt
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