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A 16-year-old female asked:

what could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? it appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
Podiatry 38 years experience
Need examination : See your podiatrist od dermatologist for diagnosis. It could be a number of things and may need a small biopsy to tell for sure.
Dr. Janet Kail
Podiatry 28 years experience
See a podiatrist: There are many things a black to purple spot can be. It could be a bruise, blood blister, a mole, or some other skin lesion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist. Either should be able to examine and make a determination as to whether the lesion should be biopsied, removed, or left alone.Ole.
Dr. Richard Greenwald
Podiatry 42 years experience
Toe Lesion: "…small black and purple spot above nail of toe," could suggest trauma, accumulation of blood, or something serious. The variegation of color—suggested by your question—raises an index of suspicion. Without a pic, or description of changes of the lesion it would be wise to have a doc look at it. Two months of curiosity of a suspicious skin lesion & concerns warrant further evaluation. See your doc

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