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Thickening toe nails?

Thickening toe nails?

Maybe fungus?: When patients (and many non-dermatologist physicians) see this problem they automatically assume it's a fungal infection but this is only true about 50% of the time. There are several other non-infectious causes of thickened nails including psoriasis, chronic friction/trauma, and hereditary causes. See a dermatologist who may want to take a sample of the nails for a fungal culture and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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What causes toe nail fungus?

What causes toe nail fungus?

See a podiatrist: Fungus is everywhere. The nail plate typically is smooth and adhered to the underlying bed, but if there is any damage that causes the nail plate to lift and/or there is a change in the texture of the nail plate, fungus is very opportunistic. The key for treatment is prevention and getting rid of environments that fungus like. A podiatrist can recommend topical, oral or even laser therapy. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Beau's lines: Some are infection in nail bed, injury, skin disease, low calcium, chemotherapy drugs. ...Read more

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Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Vertical nail ridges--bad sign?

Not necessarily.: Most always, vertical nail ridges simply indicate an aging nail. Just as we can get lines or wrinkles on our face and body, we can get "lines" or "ridges" on our nails. ...Read more

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Fingernail fungal treatment?

Fingernail fungal treatment?

Antifungal: Usually need an oral therapy such as laminal. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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What is nail avulsion?

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What is nail avulsion?

Torn from bed: An avulsion injury refers to something being torn away. In the case of a nail avulsion, the nail is torn away from its bed. It's pretty painful! ...Read more

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Can torn nails cause ingrown toenail?

Can torn nails cause ingrown toenail?

Es: As the ragged toenail grows out it gets caught in the skin and becomes ingrown. ...Read more

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What causes paronychia (nail infection) ?

What causes paronychia (nail infection) ?

Bacteria Fungus Yeas: Paronychia is a common skin infection that occurs around the nails. It is initiated by an injury that allows the percutaneous penetration and subsequent colonization by a bacteria, yeast, or fungus. At times the infection may be a combination of these organisms. ...Read more

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Is nail redness a sign of an ingrown toenail?

Is nail redness a sign of an ingrown toenail?

Pain, redness.: Redness and pain along the nail border, sometimes with drainage indicates an ingrown toenail. If your ingrown nail is infected, you'll likely need antibiotics, and possibly a nail procedure. While waiting to see your doctor, soak the toe 10 min/day in luke warm water and epsom salts, use a small amount of topical antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandaid. ...Read more

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What causes nail clubbing?

What causes nail clubbing?

Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...Read more

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What is subungual exostosis?

What is subungual exostosis?

Bone under tongue: Bone the erupts from the base of the jaw can grow ubwards abd be palpable undet the tounge. ...Read more

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Brittle nail, is this hypothyroidism?

Brittle nail, is this hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is: One cause for brittle nails. You would need to be medically evaluated to determine what the cause of your brittle nails is. Take care. ...Read more

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Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

See a doctor: Your nail needs to be examined by your doctor, preferably by a dermatologist. After examination you will be guided further. A close watch for change in the size of discoloration or the skin around will guide the doctor further. Keep good photographs to detect changes over time(weekly). Good luck ...Read more

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Bruised under nail of big toe. Is this fungus?

Bruised under nail of big toe. Is this fungus?

Probably not: Bruises beneath the toenail are usually caused by something forcefully dropped onto or pressing the toenail. If the nail becomes chronically bruised from shoegear or activity it could lead to enough damage that fungus could begin to grow beneath the nail and cause an infection. ...Read more

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What causes ingrown toenails?

What causes ingrown toenails?

Several things: Injury, improper cutting of toenails, tight shoes. ...Read more

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What defisence causes soft toe nails?

What defisence causes soft toe nails?

See derm: There can be many causes for this. See your dermatologist for the answer. ...Read more