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Are "Black lines" bad?

Good morning people . . . I hope you all had a great weekend.

So listen up . . . because I can't say this enough . . .

OUR BODY IS ALWAYS TALKING TO US . . . AND WE NEED TO START LISTENING TO IT . . . because it's trying to give us signs of possible "HEALTH" issues!!!

Now . . . I know we've all heard about "toenail" and "fingernail" fungal infections before.

But what about if we have "black lines" in our nails . . .

Is this good or bad???

Okay . . . so let's figure that out . . .

A "narrow" black line that has formed "vertically" underneath the nail is called a "splinter hemorrhage" . . . and can occur for a variety of reasons. This may be "harmless" . . . or a sign of a more serious health condition.

It will be black or reddish brown in color, doesn't change appearance when you apply pressure to the nail and appears on one or more places under the nail.

Okay . . . so with that being said . . . "vertical black lines" on the nails can be a result of many different conditions.

So let's explore the possibilities . . .

"Trauma" - is one of the most common causes of "splinter hemorrhages" . . . and this can

occur when the nail bed has been hurt and blood vessels burst under the nail.

"Endocarditis" - is a heart condition that may cause "splinter hemorrhages"

"Psoriasis" - can also cause "splinter hemorrhages

And other causes can include . . . infections, vasculitis, lupus, fungus, Raynaud's disease, kidney, lung or circulatory diseases, chemotherapy or medications that alter blood clotting.

Now . . . another issue a "black vertical line" in the nails could be is a disease called "Melanonychia".

With "melanonychia" . . . the larger the "black line" is . . . the greater the risk of this disease being cancerous and turning into "melanoma".

Now . . . "melanonychia" can be caused by "inflammatory" skin diseases that affect the nails, "inflammation" due to friction from shoes, poor nutrition due to lack of protein, vitamin D or vitamin B12 . . . and "biting" your nails.

Okay . . . so what about "thicker" lines that create a "horizontal stripe"???

Well . . . these lines on the nail are called "Beau's lines".

And these are usually "not" harmful" . . . but . . . they have been a symptom of a "cancer" called "subungual melanoma".

And "Beau's lines" (a horizontal line) can be a sign of mumps, diabetes or thyroid disease.

So this is an important factor that our body may be trying to tell us about.

And tomorrow, we'll continue.

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