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what should i do with a black toenail?

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Dr. Frank Smith
28 years experience Podiatry
Black Toenail : If it was caused by trauma bleeding under the nail leave the nail in place and allow a new nail to develop. I would have a podiatrist take a look at it if it’s painful or doesn’t clear as the new nail grows.
Answered on Feb 10, 2017
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Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Black toenail: Have it examined, & treat the cause, such as trauma.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Black toenail: If there was any type of injury it's likely a subungual hematoma but could be a number of things so play it safe and get checked.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Fungal infections can also turn a toenail black, if the discoloration does not improve, see your primary care MD
Aug 20, 2013

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Dr. Eric Tepper
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Trauma to toenail: It usually is indicative of a traumatic event to the toenail. The discoloration is a sub ungual (beneath the nail) hematoma.

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