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What can I do if my toenails have become yellow and brittle. Could these be symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

What can I do if my toenails have become yellow and brittle. Could these be symptoms of type 2 diabetes?

No: It is a fungal infection, diabetes alone does not cause nail fungus. See a podiatrist for treatment with either antifungal oral meds or lasers. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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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. ...Read more

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Brittle, fragile toenails for as long as I can remember. What help is available?

Brittle, fragile toenails for as long as I can remember.  What help is available?

Biotin: Sometimes adding a biotin supplement can help. Biotin can also be found in a multivitamin. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Sometimes my toenails are yellow the rest of the time they look normal. Could this be a fungus? They are not yellow all the time.

Sometimes my toenails are yellow the rest of the time they look normal. Could this be a fungus? They are not yellow all the time.

Mild yellow: nails can be some form of a fungus. It can also be due to use of nail polish. See a podiatrist for clarification. ...Read more

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I have very thick brittle yellowish toenails and the last few days have been experiencing a burning sensation feels like it's coming from under the to?

I have very thick brittle yellowish toenails and the last few days have been experiencing a burning sensation feels like it's coming from under the to?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Your description is suggestive of fungal infection and there are effective treatment for the infection. You may wish to try over the counter treatment for nail fungus.
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My toenail is gone all yellow and my toe is swollen?

My toenail is gone all yellow and my toe is swollen?

The toenail isn't: So concerning as a swollen toe. Encourage you to have this evaluated by a podiatrist or dermatologist. This may well be infected. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a fungus on my large toenail. The corners and very thick, crumbly and almost yellow. Is this cause for concern, besides cosmetic?

I have a fungus on my large toenail. The corners and very thick, crumbly and almost yellow. Is this cause for concern, besides cosmetic?

Not usually: For most patients, nail fungus is primarily a cosmetic issue. Some people, like those with diabetes, it can lead to bigger health problems. If the problem is very limited, topical treatments may still work. If the nail is affected to the very base, treatments become more involved. ...Read more

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I am 16 I have had white-yellow discolouration on my toenails for around a year, some nails are thickened, soft nail peels off, am quite concerned?

No Fun Fungus.: More than likely, you have been hosting a fungal (mushroom) infection in you toe nails as well as nail roots. Clearing this up is going to take some time and direction. Topical treatment will probably not be sufficient . There are several oral medications available and your family doctor should be able to prescribe the most appropriate for your particular circumstances. ...Read more

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My toenail got ripped off and grew back short thick & yellow. What's a working cream or medicine to use for over the counter? Most effecting please!!!

The problem here: Is you need to know if the toenail became fungal or if that nail is thick for other reasons..I.e bacterial colonization or subungual keratinazation. A thick yellow stubby nail is not always fungal.
Topical meds for fungus are not highly effective either. If your inclined to try one you can but you will be applying for many months duration & 1 is not necessarily better than others. ...Read more