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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a : Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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Swollen bruised toe, bite or broken?

Swollen bruised toe, bite or broken?

Painful? Injury?: Tender? Most often an injury preceeds a fracture. Don't know your history. If injured - will require an x-ray to determine if there is a fracture. ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

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

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Bruised under nail of big toe. Is this fungus?

Bruised under nail of big toe. Is this fungus?

Probably not: Bruises beneath the toenail are usually caused by something forcefully dropped onto or pressing the toenail. If the nail becomes chronically bruised from shoegear or activity it could lead to enough damage that fungus could begin to grow beneath the nail and cause an infection. ...Read more

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Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Broken toe nails: Usually grow back. If you are experiencing problems would encourage you to see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Itchiness under finger nails?

Itchiness under finger nails?

Infection/allergy?: This is a very unusual symptom, in fact i don't think i've ever had a patient with this problem! i did some research- the most likely cause is a fungal infection under the nail, a common problem that is usually not itchy, but the nail should look thick, distorted or discolored. It might also be a reaction to nail polish. It might also be an allergy to something you are eating. See my comment:. ...Read more

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Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read more

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Improper nail on right foot toe.

Improper nail on right foot toe.

Depends on the prob.: Some causes of nail conditions include trauma due to tight shoes, infection, and medication side effects. Get the nails inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a bruised toe nail. Could it fall off?

I have a bruised toe nail. Could it fall off?

It's possible: If blood forms under rthe nail it could cause the nail to lift frm the bed and fall off. One possible solution is to drain the blood if present rapidly.....Just becasue the is discoloration does not mean there is drainable blood though..... ...Read more

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Thickening toe nails?

Thickening toe nails?

Maybe fungus?: When patients (and many non-dermatologist physicians) see this problem they automatically assume it's a fungal infection but this is only true about 50% of the time. There are several other non-infectious causes of thickened nails including psoriasis, chronic friction/trauma, and hereditary causes. See a dermatologist who may want to take a sample of the nails for a fungal culture and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

See a doctor: Your nail needs to be examined by your doctor, preferably by a dermatologist. After examination you will be guided further. A close watch for change in the size of discoloration or the skin around will guide the doctor further. Keep good photographs to detect changes over time(weekly). Good luck ...Read more

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Slammed pinky in door,can't bend.Skin scraped off, ottom of nail pulled up,some of nailbed beyond where nail begins,shows.Entire arm hurts.WhatCanIDo?

Slammed pinky in door,can't bend.Skin scraped off, ottom of nail pulled up,some of nailbed beyond where nail begins,shows.Entire arm hurts.WhatCanIDo?

Needs to be seen: That should be evaluated by a ER physician/hand surgeon. If the nail isn't secured back down underneath the fold of skin at the base of the nail it can cause healing issues ...Read more

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I bruised my toe nail while running. Any relief?

I bruised my toe nail while running. Any relief?

Subungual hematoma: Bruised toenails are fairly common in runners. If the pressure of the blood collecting under the nail is not causing you too much discomfort, you can leave the nail in place and it will eventually fall off. If the pain is significant, the nail plate can either be punctured in the office to drain the blood pocket beneath it or it might be removed entirely. ...Read more

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Bruised & swollen toe , non injury . Why?

Bruised  &  swollen  toe , non  injury . Why?

Many reasons possibl: A bruised swollen toe can occur due to an injury such as a contusion or a fracture. Infection can also cause swelling and a bruised feeling, commonly an ingrown toenail can cause these symptoms. Another possible reason is an acute gout attack. The best answer for you is to go see a foot specialist and have your foot xrayed and evaluated. ...Read more

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Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago...Pinky toe nail hurts still....Why is this...?

Had hammertoe surgery on pinky toe 5 months ago...Pinky toe nail hurts still....Why is this...?

Not related: Hammertoe surgery typically avoids the toenail area. There may be a problem with the nail itself. ...Read more

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Big toe nail is green w/purple&black bruising by cuticle. I dropped a table on it. Broken? Bruised? Will I lose my nail? Full range of motion, hurts!

Big toe nail is green w/purple&black bruising by cuticle. I dropped a table on it. Broken? Bruised? Will I lose my nail? Full range of motion, hurts!

Wish I had: my x-ray glasses with me but there is only one way to distinguish between broken and not. You may or may not lose the toenail. Hard to tell from this end. Let your doctor take a look. ...Read more