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What does it mean when someone who is diabetic has flaky toenails?

What does it mean when someone who is diabetic has flaky toenails?

Onychodystrophy: Diabetes can cause metabolic and circulatory changes to the toe, affecting the nutrition of the nail. This can cause textural and other changes to the nail. ...Read more

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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Is it normal for a toenail that has been removed 2 months ago to look odd? My new nail is just 1,5 mm long but the skin above still looks flaky&crusty

Is it normal for a toenail that has been removed 2 months ago to look odd? My new nail is just 1,5 mm long but the skin above still looks flaky&crusty

Possible: It is possible for a new growth toenail to appear different than it had before. If there was damage to the area where the nail grows from (either from the injury or the removal itself), then the resulting new growth can be unusual in appearance. ...Read more

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The top of my big toenail is turning white and flaky. There is no pain or injury. It does not seem to be infected. The nail isgetting very thin and peeling. What could it be?

The top of my big toenail is turning white and flaky. There is no pain or injury. It does not seem to be infected. The nail isgetting very thin and peeling. What could it be?

Probably it's a fungal nail infection: The most common reason why a nail becomes white and flaky is due to fungus in the nail. However, the only way to determine whether or not there is a fungus and the nail is by doing a fungal nail culture. Many times there is no pain with a fungal nail. There are now many great treatments for the eradication of fungal nails including topical medicine that is either over-the-counter or prescription, ...Read more

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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a : Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...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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How can I treat my toenail?

What's the matter?: What's the matter with your toenail? Is it loose, broken, ingrown, pus, drainage? In any case, you might be best served to see a physician for a referral to a podiatrist to definitively care for you. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Proper way to cut toenails?

Proper way to cut toenails?

Straight across: Toenails should be trimmed straight across. Don't try to cut them short, trim the nails and use an emery board to file and shape the nail afterwards. Improper trimming can lead to ingrown toenails and injury to the nail bed and tip of the toe. ...Read more

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Dark line across toenail ?

Nail discoloration : A dark line across your nail may have a variety of causes. Trauma to the nail plate from athletic activity may cause some subungual (under the nail) bleeding. If this the source in time a clear nail will grow out. A fungal infection can cause this as well. A specialist will determine if a biopsy is necessary to rule out a relatively less common but more serious condition such as a melanoma. ...Read more

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Why are my toenails so dark?

Why are my toenails so dark?

0_o: It can mean multiple things, from trauma, to mycotic nails, to many many more. If painful or new please go see a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more