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See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection. A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fungus: Trauma and various dermatologic problems can cause thickening and darkening of nails, but the most common cause is toenail fungus. Dermatophyte fungi infect the nail, essentially eating it and discarding the debris underneath. This causes the nail to thicken and discolor. The most effective treatment is oral antifungal medication. Lasers have become popular, but are expensive and not permanent. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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