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I have a black foot nail. Is there something wrong with me?

I have a black foot nail. Is there something wrong with me?

See a doctor: If the black toenail is new, you should have this checked. The most common benign situation is trauma to the nail, causing the nailbed to bleed and clot which appears black. However, a melanoma under the nail can also appear black. For this reason, black nails should always be evaluated by your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Been dealing for 4 months with what I am pretty sure is just a bruised heel (sports injury). Anything else it could be? What kind of dr. Might i see?

Been dealing for 4 months with what I am pretty sure is just a bruised heel (sports injury). Anything else it could be? What kind of dr. Might i see?

Heel Pain: 4 months is long enough for self-rx, probably time to check in with your family practice or if that doesn't work a foot fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon. If you haven't done a heel cord stretching technique and tried at least 4 - 6 week break from running - you might try that first! wear and tear is much more difficult to cure as we age and if we continue to stress the body. ...Read more

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Hi dr i have a toe that is a little swollin and causes pain when its touched. I believe it might be a ingrown toe nail or blister.

Hi dr i have a toe that is a little swollin and causes pain when its touched. I believe it might be a ingrown toe nail or blister.

Could be: It certainly could be an ingrown toe nail, which would cause your toe to be red, swollen, and painful. I would not hesitate to be seen and treated. ...Read more

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Hello I'm Rachel and I have something growing on my toe my grandma thinks that there is something in my toe but there my can you help me ?

Hello I'm Rachel and I have something growing on my toe my grandma thinks that there is something in my toe but there my can you help me 
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Toe growth?: 18F Hello I'm Rachel and I have something growing on my toe my grandma thinks that there is something in my toe but there my can you help me ? Question not clear. Please rephrase and ask it again. Is she a foot doctor? Show to your own Dr. Do 2nd opinion with me and I can look at it now. ...Read more

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Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

Why is my big toenail dark blue from the cuticle up? About 6 weeks ago, my toenail started getting a dark-blue spot. My sister, who is a nurse, told me it might be raynaud's syndrome, a bruise, or a sign that my toenail is regrowing itself a replacement.

First : First of all, let me thank you for posting pictures! it will make any answer given here more accurate and informative. Given the well-defined margins in the picture, it's unlikely melanoma. But... Since the incidence of melanoma has skyrocketed, out pacing any other form of cancer, and given that melanoma is a particularly deadly cancer, the safest advice i can give you is to have the nail bed biopsied. It's no big deal to do this, and won't keep you off your feet, and you'll rest easy knowing you're ok. In my 32 years of practice, I have seen melanoma in the foot only twice, but in each time, it was under the big toenail. Also, a nice benefit from having your nail bed biopsied is the toenail needs to be removed in order to do it. If it's just a collection of blood under there, removing the toenail will clear it, and you will re-grow another nail that will look just as lovely as your nail used to look before this black thing showed up. A podiatrist or dermatologist can do the biopsy. Please have this done. Good luck! ...Read more

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By the looks of it, I have proximal subungual onychomycosis on a toe of a foot that has neuropathy. What do I do about it? It really hurts.

By the looks of it, I have proximal subungual onychomycosis on a toe of a foot that has neuropathy. What do I do about it? It really hurts.

Unfortunately, : A diagnosis of onychomycosis can't be made by "looks" as bacterial colonization, subungual keratinazation both have identical looks. The diagnosis can be made by mycology specimen either KOH prep or pathology with PAS stain etc.... Once dx is confirmed then you can treat...topical vs oral vs laser would be your choices. ...Read more

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What do you think is wrong with my foot? There is a bump between two toes.

What do you think is wrong with my foot? There is a bump between two toes.

Toe Bump: Bumps between toes can be any number of issues, callous, warts, a cyst, tumor and many more... It is best to visit a specialist and get it examined.... ...Read more

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My gums have gone dark red for a while now. The doctor keeps saying it's fine but I can tell there is a problem. Is there a way I could treat this?

My gums have gone dark red for a while now. The doctor keeps saying it's fine but I can tell there is a problem. Is there a way I could treat this?

Second Opinion: If you feel that your dentist has not diagnosed you correctly, then it would be wise to get a second opinion from another dentist in your area. In this way you will have peace of mind that there is no problem, or you will begin therapy for a problem that really exists. All the best... ...Read more

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I have a toenail that is going grey - what's wrong?

I have a toenail that is going grey - what's wrong?

All flannel aside.: Although there could be quite a few reasons for the toe to change to a grey color, I find that it happens when the nail becomes separated from the nail bed. Air gets under the nail and a grey or grey white color is seen. To remove all doubt, you need to consult with a specialist. ...Read more

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Is there something wrong with me if i like/need pain?

Likely: Some times a person desires physical pain to distract them from emotional pain. Sometimes the pain allows them to feel something if they feel empty inside. The physical pain could be a form of self- punishment or you may be somewhat massochistic. Regardless, you may benefit from professional behavioral health services. Take care. ...Read more

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I just got a call from my dermatologist that I have an in situ melanoma and I'm freaking out. Is there anything you can tell me about this?

I just got a call from my dermatologist that I have an in situ melanoma and I'm freaking out.  Is there anything you can tell me about this?

Malanoma in situ: You need to go and discuss this with your physician and make sure they re-evaluate the slides and confirm that is insitu. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

I have a badly ingrown fingernail that is causing me a lot of pain. Home treatment is not working so what type of dr do I see to have it cut out?

Any reputable: Urgent care center with a physician or the "fast track" area of your local ed. Keep in mind that if it is not abscessed you may only receive analgesics and antibiotics which many times are successful. Trust the physician examing you as the least invasive option that works is the best. ...Read more

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Ndex finger feels like it has a thorn or cut. been hurting for a week, when i touch something i get a sharp pain. but there is NOTHING there. no marks?

Finger pain: It's only been a week. There could be a little sliver (wood, fiberglass, etc. in there. Soak it twice a day in warm salty water and see if it goes away in a week ...Read more

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Is there a reason why I have constant utis? Is there something wrong with my tract? If so, is there a surgery to fix it?

Is there a reason why I have constant utis? Is there something wrong with my tract?  If so, is there a surgery to fix it?

UTI: Catheterized cultures will tell which bacteria are growing in the urine. Sometimes it takes a period of prevention for your bladder to fully heal and grow back it's protective membrane. ...Read more