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Hereditary Dark Toenails
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 more
Think fungus: Fungal infections of the nail(s), or onychomycosis. A podiatrist can make the diagnosis, and offer treatment options. ...Read more
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
My second toenail is dark brown in colour and it is growing like other normal toenail.But why is it brown.?
I am having pain in my left big toenail some nights. The left side of it is darker and the pain is coming from the right side of it. What could it be?
What to do if I have severe pain under my toenail when it's barely touched and a dark color. What should I do?
See a podiatrist: Did you hit your toe. If so you have bleeding under your nail that has caused the dark color. This increases pressure and causes pain. Evacuation of the blood helps a lot. It could also be possible glomus tumor or something else if is really painful. Evaluation by a podiatrist will really help. ...Read more
My toenail is thick why is that? It doesn't hurt or have any fluids nor does it have an smell? Can it be hereditary?
Hi! Juicing w/mostly green veggies for the last 2 months. Toenails starting 2 turn a dark greenish color. Do u think bc of juice or other factors?
I have a toenail that was painful nd dark gray colored, i looked under it and discovered it wasnt attached to the nailbed and was brown, what do i do?
Truama or fungal nai: Discoloration may be due to fungal nail changes causing excessive sublingual debris vs trauma induced. For example certain activities may cause bleeding under the nail or dry blood. If in the tip and drains out it causes automatic desertion of the nail. If no sorrow ding redness or swelling it's not urgent but should be looked at. Likely cause usually fungal nail or trauma ...Read more
Bruising: Did you hit it? If so, you caused a bruise in the nail bed, and it takes time for the new nail to grow in to replace the damaged nail. ...Read more
What is it when most toenails on one foot are like a dark color and not dark colors on the other foot? There is no pain or anything. They turn dark.
Onychomycosis?: If the involved tonails also are thickened and rough, probably it is onychomycosis, a fungal infection. It's usually harmless, but sometimes can lead to secondary bacterial infections; and as you have seen, it's unsightly. Treatment is available but expensive -- in the US, not covered by many health insurance policies. See your doctor for diagnosis and advice. ...Read more
What do I do with my cracked toenail? I don't know why it cracked but it has like a dark line..Please help me..Its my first time having a cracked toenail..Will it hurt?
See a podiatrist: Need to figure out why it cracked and then treat so the crack will grow out and go away. ...Read more
Injury/lesion: Could possibly be due to microtrauma to the nail bed or from a lesion ...Should be checked out by a podiatrist. ...Read more
My second toenail is dead and yellowish and nearly ready to fall off, a small dark spot can be seen at the base of my nailbed. What do you recommend?
My mom's toenails have surface & have darker color than usual. What could be the reason & treatment? Thank you.
Other possibilities: In addition to the common causes enumerated by dr. Kopes-kerr, there are several distinctive patterns of nail discoloration which signal underlying medical conditions or syndromes. A nail expert (usually a dermatologist) should examine your mother. Btw greenish discoloration is often caused by pseudomonas bacteria, not fungus. ...Read more
Black tiny spot on my small toenail. I cut the nail portion off and dark spot came off with the nail. But left a pinkish wound on the skin. Wat is it?
My left toenail is a dark colour & has been so for about 2 years now. I'm 25 Caucasian. It starts at the base if my toe & runs a blurred vertical line?
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