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How can I get help for discolored toenails?

How can I get help for discolored toenails?

See podiatrist: Or dermatologist. The question is what is the discoloration from. Sometimes, it is from a fungus but not always, sometimes it can be from bacteria under the toenail or from trauma. Sometimes, it can occur from dried blood under the toenail, or from nail polish. Once, a doc determines the etiology they can offer a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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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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Any options for permanently discolored toenails?

Any options for permanently discolored toenails?

Many options: For fungus nail but first must prove it actually is a fungus. Your dr. Will take a small portion and send to pathology and if fungus there are many treatment options. ...Read more

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How do I treat discolored toenails discoloration noted under some of toenails...Not all...Tried OTC remedies but nothing helps?

How do I treat discolored toenails discoloration noted under some of toenails...Not all...Tried OTC remedies but nothing helps?

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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Is there any topical treatment for toe nail fungus, thickening and discolored toenails ?

Is there any topical treatment for toe nail fungus, thickening and discolored toenails ?

Fungus: Agreed - first be sure it is fungus . With a black light fungus will fluoresce. I use a laser with good success (80-85%). ...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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My boyfriend has discoloration in his toenails. If we have children will this pass on to our children? I don't have discoloration in my toenails.

My boyfriend has discoloration in his toenails. If we have children will this pass on to our children? I don't have discoloration in my toenails.

Talk with MD: This discoloration is most likely a fungal infection. It is very easy for this to occur, and is relatively simple to treat. Have him talk to his doctor or a podiatrist. This will not pass on to a child. ...Read more

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