Client thanks manicurist for alerting her to serious condition

Manicurist Jean Skinner wrote a Facebook post about a client who recently showed up for an appointment at her salon. When she looked down at her client's nails, she was worried by what she saw and told her to seek medical attention immediately. Indeed, her concern may have saved her client's life. This is what she wrote...

"I had a walk-in nail client a couple weeks ago. She had been going to the "NAILS" type salons for years. She had a straight dark vertical stripe down her nail. She said as soon as she sat down: I need a color dark enough to cover this stripe. The nail salons "diagnosed" her a few different ways. Some said it was a lack of calcium. Some said it was hereditary. At least one had told her it was a blood blister. This is melanoma! I did not want to frighten her but I told her she needed to see her doctor immediately!

She called me today to tell me that yes it was a very aggressive melanoma that has already spread to her lymph nodes! Her prognosis is not good! Please pay attention to abnormalities in your nail beds! Odd changes in your nails can very likely be nothing to worry about! But sometimes it is an indication of a very serious disease. And please keep an eye on the nail beds — toes and fingers — of your elderly loved ones and your loved ones that aren't physically able to notice changes in the nail beds! Early diagnosis can make all the difference in the world!"

Reading this article probably had you quickly looking down at your nails. If you see a black strip like the one in the picture, you should consult your doctor right away. Share this article with everyone you know so that they're also aware of the dangers.

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