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Should I talk to my doctor about my nail disorder symptoms?

Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of a nail disorder including, pain or discomfort related to your nail. Some of the symptoms that require medical attention are:
 
-  White or blue nails
-  Clubbed or distorted nails
-  Pale/white or black lines
-  Pain or swelling around a nail
-  Horizontal ridges or dents
 
Changes in your nail can relate to other conditions that affect your organs. Kidney disease, lung disease, and liver disease are just a few of the diseases that create nail disorders as a symptom of a larger underlying issue. If you have splinter hemorrhages (red lines in the bed of the nail), you should see you doctor right away. These are caused by heart valve infections.

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