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I have had this awful chronic (well, many years) horizontal ridging on my second toenails. The cuticle is misshapen also. Causes/cures?

I have had this awful chronic (well, many years) horizontal ridging on my second toenails. The cuticle is misshapen also. Causes/cures?

Probably trauma: Repetitive trauma against the second toe from shoegear can cause this. Most times this toe is longer than the two toes in both sides and it will rub or bang against the shoe more than the others causing nail and skin thickening. It could also be dry skin or even heredity. ...Read more

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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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Toe nails splitting down the middle=what is cause, what is cure?

Toe nails splitting down the middle=what is cause, what is cure?

Could be: Caused by trauma or nail fungus or many other things. See your podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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When my friend bends her petitoes the muscle of her foot muscles get tightened and she feels severe pain. What's the cause and how to cure it?

When my friend bends her petitoes the muscle of her foot muscles get tightened and she feels severe pain. What's the cause and how to cure it?

Muscle cramp: Like a "charley horse"/ cramp. This is often due to low magnesium. We are all deficient as our diets are so low in mg. Have her buy some magnesium glycinate (less likely to cause loose stools than cheaper mg oxide) and slowly increase dose starting with one cap am and pm till goes away and cont this dose for 2 weeks. Then I would continue mg regularly at 1 cap am and pm once symptoms are gone. ...Read more

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Can I use athletes foot spray to cure itching caused by possible thrush?

Can I use athletes foot spray to cure itching caused by possible thrush?

Not likely: Thrush is a fungul infection occurring in the mouth. Athletes foot spray is used on the skin. If your experiencing itching on the skin other then your foot it might work. To be sure it's a fungus it's always better to see your doc. ...Read more

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last 4 days my forehead is swollen, also another swelling occurs in my foot, I got hives, but cured, what is the cause, how long will swelling last?

last 4 days my forehead is swollen, also another swelling occurs in my foot, I got hives, but cured, what is the cause, how long will swelling last?

Exam/testing: This sounds like a systemic allergic or autoimmune illness. You will need examination, blood and allergy testing. Swelling varies with the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Age30, female. Vitb12=387pg/ml. Vitd 25-oh=19ng/ml.8yrs immense pain on left side body only (head, chest, arm, thigh, foot) root-cause? Other tests? Cure? Taking 16000iu vitd/day, 2500mcg b12/day since 3/14

Age30, female. Vitb12=387pg/ml. Vitd 25-oh=19ng/ml.8yrs immense pain on left side body only (head, chest, arm, thigh, foot) root-cause? Other tests? Cure? Taking 16000iu vitd/day, 2500mcg b12/day since 3/14

Chronic L-sided pain: Long term left-sided pain suggests an underlying neurological condition and a visit to a neurologist is suggested. Your vit b level is ok, however your vit d level of 19 is below the hoped for 32. A supplement is suggested of 2000 units per day. With a recheck in a couple of months. ...Read more

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What kind of disorder causes drop foot, loss of balance, twitching, tremors, dizziness and can be completely cured by taking a benzodiazepine?

What kind of disorder causes drop foot, loss of balance, twitching, tremors, dizziness and can be completely cured by taking a benzodiazepine?

An anxiety disorder: Plus or minus conversion disorder can give you all the above symptoms--and I have seen several people with such presentations. You may want to treat with a good psychiatrist who can provide long-term treatment without resorting to benzodiazepines, though. There are significant problems with benzodiazepines, especially if one uses them long-term. Take care. ...Read more

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What causes black and blue toenails?

What causes black and blue toenails?

See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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What causes black lines in the toenails?

What causes black lines in the toenails?

Various things: In people with skin of color it may be a normal variation. Skin growths may also cause them, both of the benign and malignant kind. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes toenails to be thick and hurt?

What causes toenails to be thick and hurt?

Fungus vs. Trauma: The 2 most common causes of painful, thick toenails are fungal infections and traumatically induced changes to the nail. For a complete and thorough diagnosis, visit your local podiatrist. A culture/biopsy may need to be informed to distinguish the cause. ...Read more

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The tips of my toenails are turning white. What do you think is the cause of this!

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The tips of my toenails are turning white. What do you think is the cause of this!

May be nail fungus..: You should see your doctor and provide him with a large nail clip of the nail to send it to the lab for fungal analysis. May be nail fungus.

Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I know of a child just turned 5years old and weighs 90 lbs estimated he has dicolored toenails is this a cause?

Possibly: If you mean, because of obesity. Excessive weight can put excessive stress on feet in shoes and affect toenails, either by trauma or fungus infection. However, a poddiatrist should be seen to evaluate. ...Read more

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I noticed both of my big toenails aren't as clear as the others. How can I get them back to normal? What causes this?

I noticed both of my big toenails aren't as clear as the others. How can I get them back to normal? What causes this?

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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What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

What cause horizontal ridges in toenails? I have horizontal ridges that sometimes look like another layer on both big toenails. My toenails are dry

Many possibilities: There are many causes of horizontal ridges on nails, including trauma, malnutrition, infections, kidney or liver disease and arsenic poisoning but the fact that is it only on your big toenails makes it unlikely it is serious.
See http://www. Md-health. Com/Fingernail-Ridges. Html and check in with your doctor if it spreads to other nails or you other symptoms suggesting some of those conditions. ...Read more

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What causes black toenail?

What causes black toenail?

Blood, fungus, other: The most common causes of black toenails are old blood from trauma and fungal infections. There are other dermatological and hematological causes, but they are not common. ...Read more

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What cause faint lines on toenails?

Nail lines: Changes in nails can result from trauma, fungus, and systemic conditions such as psoriasis. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist or dermatologist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure a white toenail?

White nail: Have your dermatologist check for yeast or fungus. If present, treatments are available. Pills work best but sometimes surface medication may help. ...Read more

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What could cause a painful and discolored toenail!?

Blood: Known as a subungual hematoma and or fungus are two popular ones. ...Read more

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I was born without pinky toenails. How rare is that and what might be the cause?

Congenital: People can be born with missing digit, or they can have extra digit, complete or partial.
there is no specific reason,
something did not finish forming, in your case it was the pinky toenail. ...Read more

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I run about three miles a day and have noticed my toenails sometimes fall off. What causes this?

Loose laces: The most common cause is having shoe laces that are too loose (or shoes that are too small). This causes the nail to his the front of the shoe with every step, causing micro trauma - until it eventually falls off. ...Read more

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Need some help on lifting toenail. Any home solutions? Once it's cured will the toenail grow back? Thanks.

Cut toenail: The toenail needs to be cut at angle so that it does not cut into skin and a wedge of cotton is placed between toenail and skin so that itvdoes not cit into the skin. Continued soaking to calm inflammation is necessary. There are some individuals who are prone to recurrent ingrown nails and it can be familial. A permanent phenol procedure by podiatrist may be necessary. ...Read more

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I know of a child who just turned 5 and weights about 90 lbs. His toenails are discolored is this a cause of diabetes?

Not neccesarily: The toenails may be discolored due to trauma from the shoes, or some type of fungus. This is not necessarily related to diabetes, especially for a 5 year old. ...Read more

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What causes athletes foot and thickecking toenails?

What causes athletes foot and thickecking toenails?

Athlete's foot is: A fungal infection of the skin. Thickened nails are often fungal, but it can also happen from an injury or repeated microtrauma to the nails. ...Read more

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What can cause black/purple toenail root?

Injury: Usually some time of injury will cause discoloration due to bleeding under the nail. ...Read more

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What causes white spots to form on toenails?

What causes white spots to form on toenails?

Think nail fungus: What you are describing sounds consistent with a nail fungus, or onychomycosis. See a podiatrist or dermatologist to talk about your treatment options. They may include medication, laser, or surgical options (if severe). ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure ingrowing toenail?

What is the best way to cure ingrowing toenail?

It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more