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I'm very concerned because I have a line down my nail on two

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I'm very concerned because I have a line down my nail on two fingers
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for asking your question. Are the lines pigmented?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Second pic
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

What is your ethnic background?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Italian Irish German Danish
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Than you. Both pictures came out too blurry to make a good judgment.

Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Is it possible to try again?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'll take a new picture
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
More
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thumb
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pointer
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Are those better
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. Those are much better.

This is melanonychia. There are a number of factors which militate toward a benign diagnosis.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I don't need to be concerned with this
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

1) The fact that two nails have lines 2) the border on both lines is sharp 3) the color looks even 4) the color is not too dark 5) I do not see Hutchinson's sign ( pigment spilling out to the skin around the nail

Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

However, despite all these benign signs, my advice would be to consult with your dermatologist. They can examine the nail pigment with a special light called a dermatoscope. This helps to better look at the lines and be sure they are normal. Also, a dermatologist should follow the pigmented lines to be sure they do not change with time.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I do have lots of moles
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Hopefully, a dermatologist is following you. I don't see a need to rush in Monday for an appointment but in the next month or so.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 1 year ago.

Very welcome. Enjoy the rest of the Christmas weekend.