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What causes vertical cracks in toenails and how are they treated

A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Armstrong
Podiatry 24 years experience
Cracks in nails: Usually more indicative of some form of trauma. Not a disease process. Vitamin deficiencies can weaken the nails they become very brittle and crack ea... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 37 years experience
Multiple causes: Nail cracking or fissuring can be caused by fungus, damage to the root or matrix as well as a number of dermatological conditions. If there is also di... Read More
Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine 32 years experience
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities. Most common are, trauma, fungus, lichen plans and psoriasis.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 36 years experience
Liver: A much better solution is to see your internist frequently. By the time symptoms show in the nails , because of growth rates , changes could be advan... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
I hate that.: By pulling it off, you risk the chance of doing permanent damage to the nail root. This could cause a bigger issue than you already have. Try trimming... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nail injury: If the crack is in only one toe nail it is possible from unnoticed injury, if happens in other toes and finger nails have yourself examined to out any... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darren James
Podiatry 31 years experience
Itchyosis vulgaris: It sound like ithcyosis vulgaris you need to hydrate the skin. A lotion or crème called Eucerin may help or Lachydrin lotion may help. if not see a po... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
When we: exercise...especially without the proper "stretching" og our muscles prior to the exercise we "break" microscopic blood vessels and they bleed a very ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Something else......: You need to see a doctor. It can be many things, but it is almost certainly not related to Athlete's foot!
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
PE: Doing PE causes you to sweat more and gives the fungus to continue. Take several days off, apply antifungal medication and give your toes a chance to ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Varies : There are many potential causes, among the two most common are the development if a condition known as a spondylolysis, it some early degeneration in ... Read More
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