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Re: Finger nails

Re: Finger nails

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Posted by Marti on November 14, 2000 at 10:44:37:

In Reply to: Finger nails posted by Barbara on November 14, 2000 at 10:11:06:

: Regarding the black lines on fingernails. I had two very small black lines on my thumb that looked like little slivers - now a patch of white is added and the white is also on two finger nails with red around the white patches. What causes this?

The tiny black lines are 'splinter hemmorages' and normally are not a concern. However, whenever one appears (usually through some kind of minor trauma to the nail plate) it is because blood has filled a void between the nail plate layers. If there is not enough blood transmitted into the 'void', air is trapped. Since most contaminates and bacteria have such tiny molecular structures, they can transmit into this empty area. There is food for the bacteria to 'eat' and moisture to grow. The 'white' may signify a fungal infection in the nail plate which only a dermatologist can determmine. Any change in the nail plate is cause for concern as it may also signify a change in a persons inner health.


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