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Discoloration Of Nail Beds
My big toe has several vertical lines close together in nail bed w/brown discoloration, wore snug boots recently, over time resolve/heal or biopsy?
Concerned about secondary Raynauds. Have mild discoloration in toes but not fingers but the nail beds of my fingers are red at times. Raynaulds?
Unlikely: Without typical color changes in the finers, Raynauds is unlikely. Normal feet often will experience color changes in response to cold. ...Read more
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
My toenail had a spit in the center of the nail bed. Upon removing nail polish it is a green stain on the nail. Please help! Thank you!
Possible fungal: Infection. Please get examined and treated with a prescription antifungal medication. ...Read more
Causes of brown nails include the following:
certain medications (doxorubicin, adriamycin, phenolphthalein, chloroquine)
chronic kidney disease
fungal nail infection
fungal nail infections - brown nails
silver salt poisoning
tinea unguium - brown nails
uremia. ...Read more
Could be many things: Lines of pigment in the nails are often seen in individuals who have darker pigmentation, such as african american or darker latin individuals. Discoloration can also be due to trauma, or in less frequent cases, from a form of skin cancer called melanoma. I suggest you have a dermatologist (if on hands or feet) or podiatrist (if on the foot), take a look and evaluate it to rule out melanoma. ...Read more
A few months: Basically you have to wait until all of the discolored nail is replaced by the new nail. The nail will grow about 3 mm per month. So to grow a new nail- will take about 4-6 months. ...Read more
My daughter developed a greenish discoloration at the edge of the nail of her pinky, it has grown in size over the last four days and is painful now.?
Trauma?: Did your daughter get hurt on the finger? It could be blood collection which looks like bluish greenish and painful. Get her checked up ...Read more
Pl see attached for a good review of nail conditions.
You can either go to your GP or a podiatrist, whoever can get you in quickly to relive pain. ...Read more
I have smelly white stuff under my toenails. I have no discoloration or anything else on my nails.
Needs to be checked: Smelly means there is infection. Consult your doctor to get treated. It is not normal ...Read more
? symptoms: Could be flu or any other viral syndrome. The bluish discoloration is worrisome. You better get to a physician for a blood test ...Read more
I have a vertical crease on my thumbnail which has a 1/16 inch size brown spot near the top of it. This discoloration sound right for a nail crease?
My thumbnail is discolored. It started last year when a needle went undr my nail. Now almost half of it has an ecru-like discoloration. Possible isue?
Not a concern: Unless this is associated with nailbed discoloration or pigmentation. In some instances, it may be an indication of vitamin deficiency such as vitamn b12, c, and d as well as hypothyroidism, anemia, iron deficiency or associated hypoxemic states with congenital heart disease. ...Read more
Hi I bumped my toe in January this year and half of my nail came off and grew back. The other half is now hard and has discoloration. What can I do?
Dystrophic nail: I would let the discolored thickened nail grow up the edge, it shocked the growth matrix when you hit it- hence growing poorly. Would trim as usual and have patience- should eventually after few rounds of trimming look near or like normal- this is best case scenario. Unless there are other factors stated. ...Read more
My newborn of 8weeks has a thumb nail that is split half way down his thumb nail and brown discoloration. It looks like it's grown funny? What is it??
The most likely: Cause would be unrecognized trauma, especially if it appeared recently. Brown discoloration is usually from bleeding under the nail. Show it to his pediatrician at his 2-month health maintenance visit, just to make sure it's not from something more serious. You may want to photograph the lesion every couple of weeks so his doctor can monitor its healing over the next few months. ...Read more
I have purplish discoloration under thumb nails only and only along cuticle. Hasn't changed in a month. Should I have this checked out?
Yes: You need to see a doc asap ...Read more
Pain in right middle fingertip+ nail. No injuries, discoloration or disfigurement. More pain with cold/heat, less with NSAIDs. Ideas? Sudden pain
Trauma?: This sounds an injury (probably occurred 1-2 days earlier) which may not be noted by you since it is helped by NSAID. However if the problem fails to improve in another week, check with your doctor. ...Read more
My two big toe nails are not attached to the skin under from half to top. There's discoloration. I used Mycoster 8% but nothing changed. Any advice?
Most likely onychomy: Onychomycosis--a fungal infection of the nailbed. If this is the condition, it will continue to worsen. When it hits the nail growth plate, the nail will grow out thick and ugly. This condition may be treated with anti-fungal oral medication like griseofulvin, which is expensive and with potential adverse side-effects. Alternative: paint the nails with colorless tincture of iodine daily. ...Read more
My fingernails hurt when I wash hands in warm water. No discoloration or visible problems. If I put on nail polish I don't feel pain.
My foot had a red discoloration so I removed d nail and drained d blood, but I can see the former nail growing. Will it eventually fall off?
Nail will grow back:
By "red discoloration" I assume you mean that there was blood under the nail.
As long as the base of the nail (the part farthest away from the tip) is not damaged, the nail will eventually grow back with the new new nail pushing out the old nail. The damaged part of the nail may fall off but should not be pulled off as it helps to protect the sensitive nail bed. ...Read more
21 month old female baby has some discoloration of teeth and nails are convex need a pediatric advice needed?
Should not happen: Brown teeth with or without convex nails is often secondary to a medication or other substance taken by the mother when pregnant or deficiencies in diet of the mother during pregnancy. These findings can occur from deficiencies either in the child or missing of something the child needed. You should take the child to a pediatrician ASAP for proper evaluation and to be treated if needed. ...Read more
My daughter is 5 and I habe knotice her finger nails are peeling from the cuticles, there is no discoloration, or dryness?
Biting them?: It sounds like she is biting or chewing on them. Try something to keep her from biting them, like pepper juice. ...Read more
I've noticed I have 2 dark lines running from cuticle up to end of one thumb nail. Also noticed discoloration on one big toe and weird white on other.
My daughter has a vertical line of brown discoloration on some of her finger nails. Is this something we should get checked by a doctor?
The lines are not a cause for concern. You may consult this site for more info:
https://www. Webmd. Boots. Com/healthy-skin/guide/ridges-in-fingernails ...Read more
My thumb toes seem to be hurting for no reason. No injuries and I don't wear closed shoes. No swelling or discoloration. Just pain around the nail?
Ingrown toenail?: Two main reasons toenails hurt are either trauma or ingrown toenails. If there is redness or swelling they are probably ingrown. If not then trauma from tight shoes or an activity. Find the culprit ...Read more
I had an ingrown toenail and tried the nail bracing technique to life it and relieve the pressure. Now I have discoloration in the corner of my toe.
Separation anxiety.: Discoloring of the nail can be caused by several things. Your history narrows the possibilities. An examination would simplify getting to the real problem. Having said that, more than likely the color change is either due to air getting under the nail or the effects of a fungal infection starting in the corner area of the nail. Both can occur when the plate is separated from the underlying bed. ...Read more
Middle toe joint closest to nail is visibly larger slight pain similar to bruise but no discoloration. Causing nail to grow out in ridges. No injury.?
Swelling around nail, yellow discloroation 26 yr old male, (if relevant: total thyroidectomy (papillary carcinoma) jan 2011). Swelling around the tip of finger to first joint of right ring finger. Yellow discoloration on cuticle and further around nail. P
Nail: Nail bed infections are called paronychia (try pronouncing that one) and they happen when the skin and soft tissue next to the nail bed get infected from a break in the skin. They are usually caused by staph and strep which are common skin contaminants. When they stay localized to the nail bed then hot soaks and some over the counter antibiotic ointment works well. However when you start to feel pain in the arm and up into the lymph nodes under the arm, then physicians worry about "blood poisoning" or spread of the bacterial infection from the nail bed into the lymph system. So that's a doctor visit and I wouldn't wait too long to be seen. Doubt it's related to your thyroid cancer however. ...Read more
I have a damaged nail bed and a ridge down the nail that keeps splitting. Is there anything I can do?
Dermatologist.: Your best bet would be to have a visit with a Dermatologist. This could represent a vitamin/mineral deficiency or an inflammatory condition which can be elucidated through testing. ...Read more
Every month for a week my nails are stained black which looks like dirt under the nails and a stain over the nail. What diagnosis would apply to that? Diabeti
Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can evaluate to get a complete history, including all the things the patient touched during the 2 days before her nails got stained. The staining is probably from an external substance, because it would be very odd for a person's nails to repeatedly be stained 1 week, normal for 2-3 weeks, stained 1 week, normal again for 2-3 weeks, stained again, etc... ...Read more
Tape it in place: I take it that this was an injury. Sometimes the nail is loose completely and you can just remove the remainder. Sometimes it lifts up only partially, and is still fixed in some part. You can either just clean it and tape it in place till it falls off by itself, or have it removed under local by your doctor. ...Read more
Nail color: Changes in nail color and texture can be due to medications and supplements as well as certain disorders. Orange is usually an abundance of beta-carotene. If you eat a lot of carrots or squash and have fair skin, this can become noticeable. Check with your Dr. Especially if you see pitting or yellowing of your nails or skin. Good Luck ...Read more