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A 33-year-old member asked:

why are my toenails dark grey?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
Depends: It may depend on what color your natural skin color is. Some dark skinned individuals have dark gray streaks in their toenails fingernails. However there are other causes of it which may include a hematoma or melanoma or fungal infection. Have your podiatrist check it out.
Dr. Janet Kail
Podiatry 28 years experience
Could be fungus: It could be a fungal infection in the toenails. However, without seeing the toenails it is difficult to diagnose. I recommend you ask a podiatrist or dermatologist to examine the toenails.

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Ingrowing toenail?

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Mild, moderate, bad?: Mild cases of ingrown toenails can resolve without surgery. A doctor can examine an ingrown nail and talk about what should be done. In mild cases, the sharp piece of the nail may be encouraged to grow over the skin or next to the skin, instead of into the skin. After a couple of weeks, that corner of the toenail might be ok.
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How can I treat an ingrowing toenail?

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How long until my black toenail falls off and a new one starts growing?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Approximately 1 year: Depending on how it was injured it may take up to 1 year for the nail to fully grow out.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What happens when your toenail turns to a purplish color?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Subungual hematoma: If it was secondary to an injury likely it is a subungual hematoma or blood under the nail. It may fall off, if not as it grows just cut it. It will take few months to grow out.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How should you stop a split toenail from continuing to split as it grows?

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Dr. Melissa Robitaille
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Removal: Go see a podiatrist, they can perform a simple in-office procedure that can permanently remove the offending part of the toenail.

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