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A 42-year-old female asked:

why is my toenails turning dark?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Sounds like fungis: Keep in mind... The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: You may have injured it and there is blood under the nail, or you may have a fungus.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What would be the reason for my toenails to be turning black. They are also becoming hollow underneath. What should I do?

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Dr. Andrew Oswari
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Onychomycosis: Depending on your age it could be fungus on the toenail. You should see your doctor who could get a scraping and send it to the lab to be analyzed.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

My mom's toenails have surface & have darker color than usual. What could be the reason & treatment? Thank you.

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Nail coloration: Common causes of nail discoloration include bleeding under the nail (from bumping the toe) or chronic fungal infection, which both thickens and discolors the nail. With fungus infection it usually darkens by becoming opaque and whitish first; it bruises more easily and become dark from blood beneath the nail, and over time may develop yellowish or greenish discoloration from the fungus.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Which types of doctors fix ingrowing toenails?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Podiatrists: Podiatrists take care of ingrown toenails, but I do know some dermatologists and family practioners that take care of them.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Brittle, fragile toenails for as long as I can remember. What help is available?

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Dr. Tharesh Udupa
Podiatry 22 years experience
Biotin: Sometimes adding a biotin supplement can help. Biotin can also be found in a multivitamin.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why do my toenails get dusky sometimes? Cyanosis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Poor circulation: A bluish color is consistent with poor circulation which should be evaluated with a doppler to determine both arterial and venous circulation. This is part of comprehensive examination re blood pressure, sugar, lipids, heart evalution.

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