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Blue Under Toe Nail
Honky Tonk blues...: Blue spots, faded or not, can represent a small amount of blood either trapped under the nail or sluggishly moving near the surface of the skin. If there is not enough to irritate a nerve, then there will be no pain. Another school of thought is that it just might be a faded blue, painless small spot on the right toe nail. ...Read more
My toe nail is blue n green because I dropped a heavy bowl on it, do I have to have it drained or will it get better in time?
Subungual hematoma: You do not necessarily need to have it drained unless it remains painful, as draining the blood is mainly for pain relief. If there is a greenish colour then that suggests that the blood is beginning to be broken down and reabsorbed. There is a chance that the nail may loosen and detach, but if that happens a new, healthy nail will grow out in its place if the matrix of the nail bed is uninjured. ...Read more
Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.
Hematoma: It sounds like a subungual hematoma. This happens usually from injury from injury to toe. Reddish blue is most likely active bleeding and black is old. The green is concerning. It should be evaluated for healing/infection. There are some bacteria that turn things green so you should see a podiatrist to evaluate. Healing bruises also turn many colors. The bruise has to grow out. ...Read more
May: Depending on the type of injury it is probably a good idea to have this evaluated by a specialist, especially is this is the result of a crushing injury, to ensure that there are no other concomitant issues such as a fracture. ...Read more
Hi. My pinky toe nail is darker than all the other toes. I noticed this about 10 months ago. The nail itself looks like a blackand blue with no trauma?
In the line of fire.: Trauma comes in all flavors. The fact that the little toe is where it's at offers it more low grade, unassuming trauma than the other toes. It takes only a minimal amount of pressure, applied over a longer period to traumatize the nail, nail nail or nail root. Give it it some time and see what develops before suspecting something worse. To remove all doubt, send a picture and use concierge. ...Read more
I hit my toe nail a year ago and now it has this dark blue color with brown/ yellow spots. A new one is growing beneath it. How long is it going to take?
For big toe: It takes about 1 year for new nail grows out. ...Read more
No: Unless the injury is very severe the more common cause would be subungual hematoma. That is blood under the nail plate and is very painful. Go to an urgent care center or emergency room. The doctor can use electro cautery to make holes in the nail plate and express the blood out giving immediate relief. ...Read more
Glass shower door came off the track. Trying to get it back on, I dropped it on my big toe. No pain now, but blue at the cubical and lower toe nail.
GREAT TOENAIL INJURY:
THE BLUE COLOR AT THE CUTICLE IS TRAPPED BLOOD.
NOT TO WORRY. IT WILL ALL GROW OUT PROPERLY IN A FEW MONTHS.
BE CAREFUL. . . ...Read more
My toe nail has been black and blue now for a month. Walked a lot and the nail felt bruised at the beginning. Doesn't hurt now. Is that bad? Old blood?
A Slow Grow: It sounds like there is old blood trapped under the nail. This can happen during and/or after walking a lot. There is not much to do now but wait. Time will enable the nail to grow out and slowly bring the old blood with it. Nails grow at a slow pace so be patient. ...Read more
Why is my toe nail is blue? My big toe nail turned blue for no reason, it looks bruised but I never dropped any thing on it. It looks like a blood cloth under my nail. This has happned to my sister and her toe nail fell off. Maybe we share the same shoes
Bleeding under the nail: The most common reason why a nail become the blue is usually due to blood but that accumulates under the nail. This could be due to direct trauma or it could be due to shoes that are too short and there is continual trauma to the nail and eventually it will turn blue. ...Read more
Black toenail: A number of things can make a toenail/portion of the toenail look black: fungal infections, blood under nail, certain medications, inflammatory conditions. With meds, most/all nails are involved. Moles/freckles in the nail growth center (matrix) give linear pigmented brown or black streaks, so can melanoma. If the discoloration of the nail is new, please see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more
See a podiatrist:
If you injured the toenail and it is now black, it is probabley from blood under the toenail. If it is painful, you should have the blood drained.
It should be looked at by a podiatrist to determine what to do. ...Read more
Toe nail: Depends what caused the condition. If fungal it would need to treated with an anti-fungal medication or with some type of debridement. The nail may have injured in the past and need surgical correction. An ingrown nail may cause a local infection and should be removed by podiatrist. ...Read more
Location, location..: The location of the pain would help. Side (s) pain usually means the nail is ingrown. When the central part is painful, then there could be something growing under the nail. This growth can cause pressure on the nail bed which can make the nail plate seem to hurt. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated. ...Read more
See a doctor.: I would not recommend removing your own toenail. If you've had a trauma to the nail and it is lifting, and bruised or bleeding underneath, see a doctor to make sure you have not broken the bone beneath the nail. If the nail is ingrown or painful, your doctor can numb your toe and remove it in the office, in a controlled environment. I never recommend self-administered "bathroom surgery"! ...Read more
It should: Unless there was a severe trauma which damaged the nail matrix (root) from which nail grows. Usually nail grows back. This will usually take several months depending on which toe. ...Read more
Yes: A toenail that is traumatized will grow back, perhaps at a slower rate. However, the appearance of the nail may be altered if the matrix (the area that determines the growth of nail) has been affected. ...Read more
Time: It will happen. (assuming no damage to the nail matrix). ...Read more
Depends on severity: This would depend on the severity, how long it has been a problem, and if it is infected. If this is mild and only been bothering you a week may resolve with soaking your foot in warm water. If there is pus you may want to see a doctor. A podiatrist (foot doctor) and some family medicine doctors can remove part of or all the nail if needed. ...Read more
Around 6 months: A normal toe nail could take around 6 months to a year to regrow fully. ...Read more
Depends: This is dependent on what the cause and the actual discoloration if of the nail. See a specialist for this problem. ...Read more
It should: Unless you took steps to have it not, or if you damaged the matrix. ...Read more
As long as there is: No infection or drainage, a nail can be polished. ...Read more
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