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I just saw a greenish longitudinal strip on my right toe nail and I don't know what it is pointing to. please can you help a sister out

By Anonymous April 3, 2016 - 3:32pm
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I have not had my nails done for two weeks and today I just got the polish removed and I saw the green longitudinal strip. The nail is not flaky or brittle but I still worried

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you had the polish removed when you did. Is this green line on the surface of the nail? Or does it appear to be on the skin and under the nail?

Please contact either your primary care physician or a dermatologist to have the nail looked at.

This might be a case of green nail syndrome.

Green nail syndrome (GNS) is an infection of the nails that leads to a greenish discoloration of nails, also known as chloronychia. The green discoloration varies from blue-green to dark green to bluish-grey. Since the discoloration is underneath the nail, it will not disappear with washing or scrubbing. The condition is usually confined to one or two nails and can involve fingernails or toenails. The nail is usually not painful; however the skin around the nail, including the cuticle, may be swollen, tender, or red.

Green nail syndrome is caused by bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacterium flourishes in wet environments, such as jacuzzis, contact lens solution, sinks, and bath sponges. When it grows, it produces hallmark green pigments called pyocyanin and pyoverdin. These same pigments impart the green color of chloronychia.

Anonymous, please keep us updated once you have been examined.


April 4, 2016 - 5:37am
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