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Broke My Toe Nail
I broke my toe nail the middle one and it's almost coming off and the tear is on the nail bed and i don't know what I should do ?
See a podiatrist: Buy some over the counter anti fungal drops, not cream, at th drug store and begin using this as directed on the nail bed. The nail needs to be cleanly removed, so your family doc or a podiatrist can do,this in sterile fashion, and inspect to insure you don't have other problems you missed in your exam. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there lazer treatments for repairing damaged toenail beds? I broke my toe four years ago and damaged the nailbed and the toe nail has never been able to grow all the way back.
There : There is no laser treatment available for repairing damaged toenail beds. Usually, a surgeon needs to remove the bony exostosis (bony fragment) underanth the nail bed in order to make the bone flat and allow for the nail bed to heal on top of it properly. It will definitely involve surgery but it can be repaired. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toe nail broke all the way across and grew a new one over the old one that was lifted from the skin. Happened on both big toes and nails had ridges?
Trauma: The toenail probably broke because you traumatized it. This can occur from a direct blow or from microtrauma from playing some sport. The ridges on the nail are an indication that you may be chronically traumatizing your toenail. The new nail will grow out but may be slightly deformed. You should probably let the podiatrist take a look. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Big toe fracture with toenail torn off. How long should swelling and pain persist? Xray was normal 6 months later but still swollen and painful.
OPEN FRACTURE: My question is: When the nail became torn off, was the nail bed cut open exposing the toe bones. If so, this is called an open fracture, with a chance of bone infection. If you were my patient, I would get a CBC, ESR, and MRI, checking for osteomyelitis. The MRI can also detect a non-healing fracture. Good luck. Dr. Latva ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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