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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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stubbed pinky toe. Bruise on top; side & bottom of foot -- at joint of foot bone meets pinky toe. Hurts walking barefoot on hard surface. Broken?
Get an X-ray : To find out....I'd lean towards likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Here is an: excellent and detailed description: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/0615/p2547.htmlGet a more detailed answer ›
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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