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    Jdk27
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    Hi everyone- has anyone ever seen a mel on a finger nail? It has come to my attention lately and as a pedicurist/manicurist, I am really interested in it. I had a magazine for nails come to me last week and the page I opened it to was mel of the nail. I have done manis for 23 years and don’t believe I have ever come across it but again, didn’t know what I was looking for at the time. It looks like what nails look like when someone damages their nails from “ripping” off acrylic nails. A line down the nail is the typical look, but dark in color. I read that damaging your nails sometime in your life can cause mel? Catherine, do you know of this?

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    Catherine Poole
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    Acral lentiginous melanoma can occur in the nail bed, palms and soles of the feet and toenail beds. It is very rare. If you have a discoloration that isn’t from an injury and grows into the toe rather than out. A biopsy by a dermatologist can tell for sure.

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