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Your toe and fingernails play an important role in the basic function and structure of your hands and feet. As the years go by the natural processes of aging can gradually start to alter the appearance of nails. At the same time, certain environmental factors and medical conditions can also change your nails in a variety of ways.

You shouldn’t discount abnormal changes in either your toe or fingernails. Some things to look out for include thickening, thinning, changes in color, or striations in your nails. This could be a symptom of a problem with the kidneys, a side effect from a new medication, a nail fungus infection, or a chronic illness.

A splinter hemorrhage can cause white lines and striations to develop in your toe or fingernails. This could be the result of a past injury, certain medications, diseases, or a symptom of a chronic medical condition.

Poor skin hygiene problems and bad habits can like nail biting, finger sucking, or frequent exposure to water can also alter the appearance of your nails. Sometimes an ingrown toenail can cause a secondary infection in the surrounding skin that could slowly spread under the toenail.

In a situation like this, you should consider scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Otis Allen. During this appointment, he can help identify if the changes in your nails is an easily treatable condition, or if you should seek further diagnosis from a medical specialist.

If you live in the Bloomington, Illinois, area and you have noticed a significant change in your toe or fingernails, you should consider scheduling a consultation at Institute for Plastic Surgery.