Will Longitudinal Melanonychia Go Away?

The outlook for most benign melanonychia is good, and in most cases, does not require treatment.

However, it usually does not go away by itself.

The outlook for malignant melanonychia is not as good.

Is longitudinal Melanonychia normal?

The literature references longitudinal melanonychia more often because it occurs with nail melanoma, which can be deadly. More commonly, melanonychia results from melanin produced by melanocytes in the matrix and may be a normal variant in darker-skinned people.

What causes longitudinal Melanonychia?

There are many causes of nail pigmentation (see Differential Diagnosis section) including skin diseases, systemic diseases, infections, trauma, medications, and pigmented lesions. While longitudinal melanonychia can have a benign etiology, it is critical to rule out acral lentiginous melanoma as a cause.

Is Melanonychia common?

Frequency. Physiologic melanonychia is more common in darker-pigmented individuals. Seventy-seven percent of black individuals older than 20 years and almost 100% older than 50 years have evidence of this condition. Longitudinal melanonychia is present in 10-20% of Japanese individuals.

Why do I have a brown line on my nail?

Black line on the nail. A narrow black line that has formed vertically underneath your nail is called a splinter hemorrhage. This condition is called a splinter hemorrhage because it may look like a wood splinter under your nail. The condition is caused by damaged small blood vessels underneath your nail.

What is benign Melanonychia?

Melanonychia is characterised by brown to black discolouration of a finger or toenail. Longitudinal melanonychia describes a pigmented band and is due to melanin within the nail plate. Longitudinal melanonychia is most often benign and arises from a pigmented melanocytic naevus (a mole) or a lentigo (a freckle).

What vitamin deficiency causes vertical lines in fingernails?

Fingernails are made by living skin cells in your fingers. So a skin condition such as eczema may lead to fingernail ridges. Skin dryness can also cause these ridges. If your body is low in protein, calcium, zinc, or vitamin A, a deficiency can sometimes be revealed by ridges in your fingernails.

How do I get rid of brown streaks on my nails?

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What vitamin deficiency causes brown lines in fingernails?

Nail color changes.

Research has shown vitamin B12 deficiency to cause brown-gray nail discoloration. White nails can be the result of anemia and pink or red nails may suggest malnutrition with several nutrient and vitamin deficiencies.

Is Subungual melanoma deadly?

While subungual melanoma is a relatively rare condition compared to other skin cancers, it can lead to serious complications. Early detection and treatment is a must.

Is nail melanoma curable?

Melanoma is a life threatening but potentially treatable form of cancer if diagnosed and managed at an early stage. It has been split into two sections-melanoma on the skin of the foot and melanoma in the nail.

How common is nail melanoma?

Melanoma of the nail unit is rare, accounting for only about 1% melanoma in white-skinned individuals. Although no more common in dark skin than fair skin, it is the most common type of melanoma diagnosed in deeply pigmented individuals. It is most diagnosed between the age of 40 and 70 [1].

What is racial Melanonychia?

Melanonychia, or melanin-derived brown-to-black nail pigmentation, is a diagnostic challenge for clinicians. The most serious disease of the nail unit, melanoma, primarily presents with melanonychia.

What are the signs of nail cancer?

A bruised nail, and dark streaks or stains on the nail with no known cause, may be signs of subungual melanoma.

  • brown or black streaks in the nail without any known injury.
  • streaks on the nails that increase in size.
  • a bruise on the nail that will not heal or move up as the fingernail grows.

Is Melanonychia a cancer?

There are many causes of melanonychia including medications — inflammatory disorders, trauma, fungal infections and systemic diseases. The most concerning cause of melanonychia is melanoma (cancer) of the nail. Thankfully only a small number of people with longitudinal melanonychia will have subungual (nail) melanoma.

What causes nail discoloration?

Nail discoloration, in which the nails appear white, yellow, or green, can result from different infections and conditions of the skin. In about 50% of cases, discolored nails are a result of infections with common fungi that can be found in the air, dust, and soil.