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MARTINEZ, GA
A 22-year-old female asked:

underneath both big toenails keep turning purple/brown looking near the cuticle.. what is this?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. E. James Bodmer
Podiatry 44 years experience
Fungus or hematoma: You may have a chronic fungal disease of the toenails. Your shoes may also be jamming the big toes because they are too short. This may cause hematomas or inflammation at the cuticles.
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Was there any trauma: How long and how often does this happen? Banging the toe or dropping something on it can cause that discoloration. What you're describing sounds like bleeding under the nail.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Could be : A subungual hematoma which is a collection of blood under the nail or cuticle which comes from trauma...Do you work out? Jog? Or it may be fungus. Since, we don't see it hard to know but those would be my first two thoughts.

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My toenails are a yellow tone and has turned into a bump on my nail I was wondering what I could do. I think it may be a fungal nail possibly. ?

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