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Discolored Toenails From Nail Polish
My big toenails turn yellow on and off, I do not wear nail polish on them, they do not hurt and I have had no injury. What are some medical causes?
Fingers & toenails splitting / cracking? I notice that my toenails and thumbnails are being to splitting or cracking. I have file them smooth and add clear nail polish to strengthen to them and it seem to take of the problem for a while but the are start
Why am I bleeding under my big toenail when there's no pain or no recent injury? I noticed it a week ago when I removed my nail polish.
You may have had micro trauma such as the nail hitting the top of the shoe when walking or exercising. You could also have a growth under the nail.
You should have it checked by podiatrist ...Read more
I was using a natural nail polish (Savina. It's free of toxic-trio)Now the top of my toenails, starting at the tips, are whitish and peeling. What's up???
Maybe unrelated: You might want to ask your pedicure/manicure provider about this, does not sound like a medical question ...Read more
Had nail polish on toes for a few months. I removed it, and on my big toe is a big brown spot either on or under my toenail (can't tell), what is this?
This happens: Sometimes from the nail polish. I would not reapply any polish, I would also prophylacticaly apply a topical anti fungal agent. Even, tea tree oil would be good. ...Read more
I have a random bruise under my big toenail, as it appears. I didn't hurt it, but I just saw it today when I took off nail polish. Any suggestions?
Microtrauma: Your toenail is most likely being bruised because of how your big toe functions. You get too much pressure on the toe and it traps the nail bed between the hard nail and the bone, causing a bruise. There is a solution for this which involves rebalancing the mechanics of your foot. There are many podiatrists in your area that can help. I have offices in McKinney and Prosper, TX. ...Read more
There is a blue/black spot under my big toenail and I don't know what it is. I removed my nail polish today and saw it, and am now very concerned.?
Photo documentation.: A black/ blue spot under the nail in a 16 year old is probably nothing more than a bit of dried blood trapped under the nail. This could be the consequence of a minor bump of the toe of a pressure injury. Without actually seeing it, I guess it could be something else, but I doubt it. To remove all concern, you might have a physician take a look at it. ...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
I wonder if Fungi Nail solution for toenail fungus is effective if there is nail polish on toenail before I put solution? Can polish worsen it? Thanks
How can I tell if I have toenail fungus or if my toenails are just yellow from wearing nail polish?
Fungus: Seek the advise of your podiatrist who can determine that and provide a treatment plan as well ...Read more
What is the best over-the-counter remedy for toenail fungus? Is it okay that I use nail polish? They look yellow and terrible.
Toenail fungus: There is no good otc treatment for toenail fungus. The laquers work slightly better than the creams, but it will basically only slow the process down. To get effective treatment you really need a prescription medication like Lamisil (terbinafine) (250 mg daily for 42 days) or sporanox. These are now available cheaply as generics (about $30 for a 6 week course). ...Read more
I have athletes foot have been using terbinafine for a week. I think I have toenail fungus will that help or do I need a polish/use over nail polish?
Toenail fungus: terbinafine cream is for topical (skin) antifungal treatment and will not penetrate into the toenail for effective treatment. Specific toenail products are used due to components that penetrate into the hard keratin structure of the nail. There are many over the counter products that can be tried, but often a stronger doctors formula or prescription strength product is necessary. ...Read more
Surface stain: From the nail polish especially if it was a dark color ...Read more
Discovered one white spot with some black flecks under my big toe nail. I don't know how long it has been there, as I've had nail polish for months.
Discovered one white: White discoloration usually comes from fungal infection, black could be from fungal infection/dry blood/very rarely skin cancer. It is best to see a podiatrist to get examined, possibly cut back the toenail and get sample of the nail for culture and possibly biopsy of the skin under the toenail, if needed. ...Read more
I recently took my toe nail polish off after a couple weeks and found one of my big toes had a black spot. Is it a fungus or a bruise?
Most likely bruise: Nail trauma is common, whether from repetitive impact from running or just bumping into something. Fungal infections of the nail tend to be associated with yellowish, thickened nails. A dark spot on your nail that doesn't improve over a few weeks should be examined by a doctor to rule out the fairly rare nailbed melanoma. ...Read more
Took off my nail polish on my big toe N my nail bed was flaky, nail discolored, what looks like blood under nail but isn't. Your thoughts please. TY?
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.
I painted my toes and don't know how far along I am didn't know it could be harmful should I remove the nail polish?
Numerous chemicals are in nail polish and the chemicals vary with the different products e.g. Nirocellulose, ethyl acetate, resins, plasticizers, solvent, coloring agents, adhesive poymers, formaldehydes, camphor, pigments, thickening agents, toluene, sylene and the list goes on and on.
Anyone using nail polish should use products from companies that formulate responsibly and have a good reputation. ...Read more
No: There are potentially toxic materials in SOME nail polishes, toluene, formaldehyde and DBP. The industry has been moving away from these chemicals and coming up with non toxic formulations. Nail polish manufactured in the United States does not have lead. There has been lead found in polish from Taiwan. ...Read more
Swallowing dried: Nail polish is not good. If you do a tiny bit by accident no worries. If you have a habit of doing that you can poison yourself. That habit may be some OCD that you need treatment for. Start w/a visit to your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Possibly Pica: I am not sure from your question, but when you use the word "crave" to indicate that you ingest these items, then pica is a definite possibility. However, if you are saying that you "crave" these odors, then you are not referring to pica. Problems with pica requires the actual ingestion of items that would be considered inedible. If you are doing this, then it would be important to get evaluated. ...Read more
Raynauds: You may have raynauds syndrome. Please see a physician for this condition. ...Read more
Our brains seek: Our brains are always seeking pleasure. Your body feels that sniffing nail polish is pleasurable so you want to do it. ...Read more
Could a single, accidental whiff of nail polish that is then immediately thereafter coughed out cause any harm?
I doubt it: Most nail polish now does not contain formaldehyde. It would be unlikely that you inhaled much if anything taking one whiff, but if you are not feeling well I would check with your doctor ...Read more
If I am allergic to normal earrings, can I put a coating of clear nail polish on the earring, or is that bad? I've read this on a few websites.
Yes: This often helps to stop the contact but needs regular application. ...Read more
I Have dark nails (too much melanin apparently).I have been consulting many times but no one can help. Am I condemned to wear nail polish all my life?
Nails: Yes there's nothing you can do about it ...Read more
Painted my nails a pink color, 2 wks ago, nails tips started looking a little green, it's almost a new nail polish so why? Can I paint my nails again?
Fungal infection: If you went to a salon that does not properly clean the equipment, fungal infections very common- you should always bring your own tools to any salon. If green then cut the ends off and buy an anti fungal that you put under your nails ...Read more
I have a reoccuring white appearance from edge of all nails which clears when gel or nail polish is applied but when the nails is exposed it reappears?
Finger nail whitenes: There are certain conditions like a superficial nail fungus which can make a bright white spot on the top the nail, , which polish would naturally cover this area. You must see your dermatologist or your regular physician to see if this is a possible fungus or some other condition. ...Read more
Oral surgery in the AM. They asked me not to have on nail polish. It's on my toes does this still count?
It's ok: On your toesGet a more detailed answer ›
Just removed nail polish from a big toe and found 2/3's of it lifting. It doesn't hurt. Should I clip off as much as I can and use topical meds?
You can trim the: Loose nail carefully as long as there is no redness or drainage near the nail or surrounding the nail, in that case seek help from a foot specialist ...Read more
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