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While your finger and toenails play an important functional role for your hands and feet, they can also be indicators of other medical issues. While the natural aging process can certainly be a factor, you shouldn’t discount changes in your nails out of hand. Certain alterations such as thickening, thinning, changes in color or striations can indicate a problem with the kidneys, a chronic illness, a side effect or a new medication, or an issue with nail fungus.

In a situation like this, you can schedule a nail health consultation with the dermatological specialists at the Dermatology Center in Orem Utah. We can examine your toe and fingernails to determine the specific nature of the change and help narrow down the underlying cause.

It might be surprising to hear, but certain types of skin cancer such as melanoma can actually grow under your finger and toenails.

White vertical lines under the nail, known as a splinter hemorrhage, can be caused by injury or certain medications, diseases, or chronic medical conditions.

At the same time, a bacterial infection caused by injury, poor skin hygiene, nail biting, finger sucking, or frequent exposure to water can also alter the appearance of your nails.

A simple problem with an ingrown toenail can be uncomfortable and even lead to a secondary infection. In many cases, they are caused by things like improper nail trimming, poor stance, digestive problems, or poorly fitting shoes.

If you live in the Orem, Utah area and you have noticed a significant change in your toe or fingernails, you should call 801-224-5200 to schedule a nail health consultation.