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I have discovered a faint black vertical line on the full

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I have discovered a faint black vertical line on the full length of my toe nail and have read that this could be melanoma - please could you advise what the likelyhood of this is?I have also read it could be to do with the heart (my dad passed away from an ischemic heart disease) or nutritional imbalance.I suffered with a grade two ligament tear on my ankle two weeks on the same foot as the line on my toe nail.I am really worried it could be something serious :( please could you advise what in your opinion it could be?Thanks in advance
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

can you upload a clear photo of this toe so I can better help you.

I am a cancer doctor.

most cases like this are benign melanonychia

due to melanin producing cells in the nail bed

and not due to melanoma.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Hi there thank you so much. Will send you a photo now
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I’ve just removed all nails polish and I cant see any other lines on any other of my toe nails
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.
that looks like a benign melanonychia. Which is due to melanin. In your nail bed. Melanoma would be very unlikely. You can always see a dermatologist about it as well. let me know if you have other questions. If done for now please leave positive feedback below. You can always reach me as Dr David. Thank you for using JustAnswer.com
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Thank you so much :) Do I need to take any action for it? Will it disappear on its own? Will there be any likely good of it coming back?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

you don't have to take action

you can always see your primary care doctor about it

most likely will stay like that for a long time.

Let me know if you have other questions.
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