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What causes black and blue toenails?

What causes  black and blue toenails?

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. ...Read more

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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more

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What can cause black/purple toenail root?

Injury: Usually some time of injury will cause discoloration due to bleeding under the nail. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Make sure your shoes aren't too tight
Once
When cutting the nail do not dig into the corners
Monthly
Have it evaluated by your podiatrist if there is signs of infection
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See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
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Can ingrown toenails cause high cholesterol? I have had them taken out 9 times even black stuff put in now i just do it myself as much as i can

Can ingrown toenails cause high cholesterol? I have had them taken out 9 times even black stuff put in now i just do it myself as much as i can

NO: You need a podiatrist and a physician. If you have high cholesterol----high ldl----you need to define the meaning of it. You may benefit from exercise and diet. You can save your money and throw away the cod liver oil and the coconut oil. Get a podiatrist to help with toenails. There is no connection between the nails and cholesterol. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Visit podiatrist or medical provider for initial removal
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Take any prescribed antibiotics until completely gone
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Take pain medications as directed
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Wear looser fitting shoes
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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Don't dig it out
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See a podiatrist
Once
Soak in vinegar/water solution for cleansing
Daily
Use keratolytic to soften nail plate
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My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off , what could be the cause ?

Most likely Fungus: This sounds like a fungal infection of the toenail. There are various treatment options. Topicals don't work well, but may if you are aggressive with treatment. Oral medication may be needed. This conditiion may be caused by repetitive trauma. Have him see your local podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options. Dr l. ...Read more

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