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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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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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How do I treat a thin, brittle toenail with fungus?

How do I treat a thin, brittle toenail with fungus?

Keep in mind...: The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future. Oral antifungal medicines (lamisil), topical medications (formula 3), laser therapy, surgical removal, homeopathic applications (tea tree oil). Talk to a podiatrist for what will be best and most effective for you.

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How can I prevent getting yellow and thick toenails?

How can I prevent getting yellow and thick toenails?

Minimize risk: Wear proper fitting shoes, let feet air out when possible, avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms and public bathroom/shower. Treat athletes foot or skin fungus promptly. Do not leave nail polish on too long. Stay healthy.

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How do I prevent a brittle toenail from breaking off?

How do I prevent a brittle toenail from breaking off?

Tape: Tape may help. Moisturize. Trim, file, sand the nail to its neatest and smallest size.

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What are some home remedies can you use for fungus on yellow toenails?

What are some home remedies can you use for fungus on yellow toenails?

None: Hi: sorry but there are no home remedies that have proven successful in curing toe nail fungus infections. Rumors have circulated for years about vicks, tree tea oil, bleach and etc.

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I just noticed that my 2 big toenails are kinda yellow. There's no itch or anything like that, but is this bad &/or contagious?

I just noticed that my 2 big toenails are kinda yellow. There's no itch or anything like that, but is this bad &/or contagious?

Fungus vs other: Onychomycosis (fungus) is a common reason for nails to turn color and lift off the nail bed. This is usually difficult to cure but can involve pills and laser treatments. If this happened acutely, perhaps the yellow color is tannic acid fro a new pair of boots or shoes you bought and this should simply fade off. See a dermatogist if the probl persists or spreads.

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My toenails have been getting a light yellow tint to them and the surface feels a little uneven. What OTC medication should I use to treat this?

My toenails have been getting a light yellow tint to them and the surface feels a little uneven. What OTC medication should I use to treat this?

First you need: To determine what is wrong. Is the discoloration due to a fungus? Or possibly from nail polish you were wearing? If you are looking for an otc, you can try tea tree oil. If it is nsuccessful, you might just have to try the local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment.

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My big toenail is yellow just at the top. How long does it take for it to get completely better when using something like curanail to treat it?

My big toenail is yellow just at the top. How long does it take for it to get completely better when using something like curanail to treat it?

It REALLY varies...: If the Curanail works how it is supposed to, and the "infected" portion is as you describe, it could still take 2-3 months for the nail to grow out enough to be "better." The problem is that Curanail is just one of the many topical over-the-counter products that may not be as effective as advertised. If it works - good for you! If not, see a doctor for something with a more proven track record.

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The white part of my nails. Or supposed to be, for about two weeks now have been slightly yellow and brittle. They also have a lot of verticle lines?

The white part of my nails. Or supposed to be, for about two weeks now have been slightly yellow and brittle. They also have a lot of verticle lines?

See a doctor: Or specifically a dermatologist. This sounds as if you may have onychomycosis (a fungus infection of the nail), but without the ability to see this it is impossible to diagnose long distance. Good luck.

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My friends toenails went from yellow to white possible discolour and one has formed a bump. She was wondering what she could do to sort this and how?

My friends toenails went from yellow to white possible discolour and one has formed a bump. She was wondering what she could do to sort this and how?

See a dermatologist: There are crucial details and history missing from your question. Your friend's best chance for help is to see a skin specialist.

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How do you treat hard yellow thick toenails?

See a podiatrist: The nails need to be trimmed and ground thinner and then started on an antifungal agent.

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All my toenails, except for both of the big ones, grow an extra toenail on top of the first toenail. No yellowing. They come off easy. What causes it?

Split perso-nail-ity: This sounds like a nail root phenomena. The root appears to be making nails with possibly a split layer of nail making cells. To remove all doubt, see a specialist with knowledge of how nails grow.

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How do I get rid of yellow toenails?

Go to your doctor: You need to see a podiatrist or dermatologist for a proper diagnosis.

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What causes yellow toenails and how do I get rid of it?

What causes yellow toenails and how do I get rid of it?

Fungal infection: Toenail fungus is an infection of the bed and plate underlying the surface of the nail. You should treat toenail fungus as soon as it appears. Yellow toenails are a side effect of the presence of toenail fungus. The more discolored the nail, the further along the infection. There are many antifungal agents in the market to use from.

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I clipped off half my toenail, now it's growing back yellow and it's becoming ingrown. What's wrong?

I clipped off half my toenail, now it's growing back yellow and it's becoming ingrown. What's wrong?

Depends on the cause: Some causes of nail discoloration include trauma due to tight shoes, infection, and medication side effects. You should try wearing shoes with a higher wider toe box. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis.

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My two big toenails are rigged, yellow/black and one has a thin, vertical line. Fungus or something more serious?

See the podiatrist: The description indicates that the nail plate is deformed and fungus is able to infect that weakened structure, but go to a podiatrist and have it examined because the thin, vertical line your describe may be something else (like melanoma) and may need to biopsied.

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What do you suggest if I clipped off half my toenail, now it's growing back yellow and it's becoming ingrown. What do I do?

What do you suggest if I clipped off half my toenail, now it's growing back yellow and it's becoming ingrown. What do I do?

See podiatrist: Go see a podiatrist who deals with these issues many times a day. An ingrown toenail should be treated before it becomes infected.