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Cause of toes turning blacked?

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Dr. Peter Lio
Dermatology 21 years experience
Nails or toes?: If you mean the toes themselves, this is a little worrisome. Usually the skin will turn black if there is tissue death--necrosis--of the skin. This can happen if blood vessels are damaged or inflamed. Sometimes, blood under the skin can cause this appearance as well. If you mean the nails, that can be a sign that a mold has gotten under the nails. Either way, i recommend a doctor visit.
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 11 years experience
Lack circulation: You may have vascular problems causing purple or black toes. Consult vascular surgeon immediately or go to the er.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

Why is my toe turning black and is it an emergency?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Feel the temperature: Simply feel your toe and compare it's temperature to the same toe on the other foot. If it is cold and not even close the other toe's temperature, you need to get to the emergency room now. If the toe is in severe pain, get to the emergency room. If you have recent history of bumping the toe and the toe is in a bruised condition, then you are probably fine.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

My toes are turning purple/black and hurt! what should I do?

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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
Podiatry 24 years experience
Go to urgent care/ER: You risk having a clot and/or infection with the toe turning purple/black; possibly gangrene. You may have cut a blood vessel. Go get checked!
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