If You See A Black Line On Someone's Fingernail, Warned Them How Dangerous It Is



Nails in good condition can be very attractive. They reflect an individual's personal habits, may it be good or bad.

Aside from their cosmetic appeal, nails serve many important functions. They help us pick up and manipulate objects and support the tissues of the fingers and toes. Most importantly, nails often reflect our general state of health.

Have you ever noticed a lengthwise black or brown band on your or someone else’s nail? 

Nail discoloration that occurs as a vertical line is also called longitudinal melanonychia. It occurs due to an overproduction of melanocytes in that area of the nail.

These nail bands are sometimes caused by “nail moles” and similar to moles elsewhere in the body, may not develop into a more serious problem but still need to be monitored.

What it could mean?

It could be an early sign of Melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer. People with darker skin are more vulnerable than Caucasians, but darker-skinned races also have more dark lines in nails that are benign, according to a 2004 report in American Family Physician.

There are numerous other reasons why nail pigment banding occurs:

- trauma to the nail
- medication
- systemic diseases
- vitamin deficiencies

If nail melanoma is suspected then a biopsy will be performed to remove the entire nail complex. Also, a Mohs micrographic surgery will be done, which has an extremely high cure rate.

Next step?

Always have a doctor check out a suspicious black line on the nail quickly because of the high skin cancer risk. 

(Source: Caring)
If You See A Black Line On Someone's Fingernail, Warned Them How Dangerous It Is If You See A Black Line On Someone's Fingernail, Warned Them How Dangerous It Is Reviewed by Admiin Artikulo on 5:06 PM Rating: 5
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