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I have little black seed looking dots under my toenail.. What is it?

I have little black seed looking dots under my toenail.. What is it?

Splinter : Hemorrhages is a possibility. Can get that from trauma to the nail can also be seen with bacterial endocarditis. ...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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Both big toenails discoloured, blue looking; right one particularly looks as though black streak in it. Slight pain but nothing major. What to do?

Both big toenails discoloured, blue looking; right one particularly looks as though black streak in it. Slight pain but nothing major. What to do?

Microtrauma: It sounds like your toenails are hitting the end of your shoe. This usually happens if the toe box is either too small (toe is pressed up against the end) or too large (foot is sliding around and the toe is hitting the end). This is very common in runners--it can lead to either thickening of the nail, or it may eventually turn black and fall off--a new nail will grow in within a year. ...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
Once
See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
Once
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I have a black spot under my toenail. If it's growing out should I be concerned. I?

I have a black spot under my toenail. If it's growing out should I be concerned. I?

Bruise: Sounds like you have a subungual hematoma, also knows as a bruise under your nail. This occurred due to trauma. The nail usually takes between 12-18 months to grow out fully so eventually that spot will grow out and you will be able to cut off the nail. ...Read more

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I have 2 small black spots at the base under my middle toenail. I don't recall banging it but was stepped on once. I don't know if it has grown?

Trauma: It is nit unusual for that discoloration to occur under a toenail that has been traumatized and it may last weeks. If you have more concern, consult a podiatrist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Visit podiatrist or medical provider for initial removal
Once
Take any prescribed antibiotics until completely gone
Once
Take pain medications as directed
Once
Wear looser fitting shoes
Once
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Recently noticed black dot under toenail with a white border. The toenail is slightly raised as well. Should I be worried?

Recently noticed black dot under toenail with a white border. The toenail is slightly raised as well. Should I be worried?

Best thing to do: Is to see a podiatrist who can evaluate to see if it is a bruise or fungus or infection and treat it accordingly. ...Read more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Don't dig it out
Once
See a podiatrist
Once
Soak in vinegar/water solution for cleansing
Daily
Use keratolytic to soften nail plate
Daily
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There is a black spot under my left big toenail! it doesn't hurt and I have not dropped anything on it. it is a blackish/purple colour?

There is a black spot under my left big toenail! it doesn't hurt and I have not dropped anything on it. it is a blackish/purple colour?

Could still be blood: Or fungus based on your description. Melanoma is always a possibility as well. See a foot doc or dermatologist and have it looked I at. ...Read more

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