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What causes black toenail?

What causes black toenail?

Blood,fungus,other: The most common causes of black toenails are old blood from trauma and fungal infections. There are other dermatological and hematological causes, but they are not common. ...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 should I do with a black toenail?

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What should I do with a black toenail?

Black toenail: Have it examined, & treat the cause, such as trauma. ...Read more

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How do I get my normal toenail back after a severe black toenail?

How do I get my normal toenail back after a severe black toenail?

Avoid more trauma: Assuming you mean the typical "black nail" which develops from either direct or repetative low grade trauma(ie: toe banging up against tip of shoe in runners), the "black" needs to grow out. If more trauma or pressure can be avoided, the color will grow out as the nail grows. This may take many months. ...Read more

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

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

More info needed: To receive an answer that will be more helpful for you , you need to give more information...Your health status, any problems such as gout, diabetes or blood pressure concerns.You should state how long it has been a problem and what you do to make it feel better.Also tells us what it looks like..Is it discolored, swollen or point tender.The more you tell the better the answer. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

A few: Home remedies for nail fungus include: vick's vaporub listerine mouthwash tea tree oil they might help the appearance a little, but usually does not cure the infection. On the plus side they are cheap, and will cause no harm. It can also be a bruised toenail, which if painless usually fade in time. If painful it might be a hematoma that needs podiatric treatment. If all fails, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the home treatments for black toenails?

What are the home treatments for black toenails?

Black Toenails: Dark colored or black toenails can indicate a nail fungus infection or a sub ungual hematoma (blood deposit under the toenail). The worse scenario is a condition known as melanoma. See a podiatrist for the best diagnosis of this problem. ...Read more

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My husband has black toenail. I just saw that what is that? I do know there ahistory of dibets

Conservative Care: How did it happen? Trauma, contusion, exercise are a few reasons that bleeding can occur under the nail. Epsom salt soaks can help. Watch red, hot, swollen or infection changes. Should be evaulated for further care. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a black toenail?

If it's blood from: An injury that is dried and stained on the nail, it will have to grow out or come off when the new nail presents. It may take weeks to months but don't worry ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my black toenail? I have had this for about 2 years now. I don't run or workout. I haven't bumped into anything and it doesn't hurt.

Get it checked!!: While this could be a fungal or bacterial infection, i'd be concerned about the possibility of a cancer, like a melanoma as the cause of the black appearance. Please get it checked! ...Read more

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I dropped an iron on my foot and now I have a black toenail. Is there any medicine that I can take or an ointmentthat I can apply to it?

I dropped an iron on my foot and now I have a black toenail. Is there any medicine that I can take or an ointmentthat I can apply to it?

Bleeding under nail: Usually bleeding under a toenail will look very dark purple or black. It lasts until the nail grows out - usually several months. If there is a lot of pressure, pain, or throbbing, it can help to have a small opening made in the nail, over the black area, to let some of the blood out. ...Read more

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I have a black toenail after a drill accident. How can I get rid of this bruise?

I have a black toenail after a drill accident. How can I get rid of this bruise?

Usually time: If the bruise is not too extensive it will grow out with the nail in several months. If you have a lot of pain, see a podiatrist. Sometimes a hematoma under the nail plate needs to be drained to afford pain relief and prevent secondary infection. ...Read more

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I have 2 black toenails and I have just noticed faint vertical lines on my index and 3rd finger on my right hand. What could this be? Thanks.

I have 2 black toenails and I have just noticed faint vertical lines on my index and 3rd finger on my right hand. What could this be? Thanks.

Embolic Phenomena?: What you are describing sounds like emboli distally. This can come from internal infection or vasculitis. Have U been recently pregnant? Do U take illicit drugs IV? Have U ever been told of a heart murmur? This needs a full W/U. OK to start with an internist, but it sounds like U may need a cardiac Sonogram. Any Lupus in the family? Please see Internist ASAP. ...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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Black dot on toenail?

See below: It is probably dried blood either on or most likely under the toenail. ...Read more

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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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Small black dot on toenail in center of toenail with white border. Could it be melenoma? I'm extremely worried!

Small black dot on toenail in center of toenail with white border. Could it be melenoma? I'm extremely worried!

Please see a podiatr: Please see a podiatrist, who would go over your history. If there was trauma to toenail it could be a subungual hematoma. you need to be examined. ...Read more