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Line On 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
If I have a black line on my toenail, who should I see to check it out? A dermatologist or a podiatrist?
Most likely to be-: -a bruise. If your shoes @ the end jam the big toe, or if you stump your toe the bruise shows up as a black line starting @ the base and gradually grows out with the nail. If this is it not 2 worry. For peace of mind, see your PCP 4 an eval. When you go in be sure all polish is removed from the nails of both feet! ...Read more
I have a light brown vertical line on my toenail running form my cuticle to the tip of the toenail. What could it be?
Toenail lines: Any vertical line on a toenail must be investigated by a Podiatrist or Dermatologist. It can be something serious or it could be due to trauma but it must be biopsied. ...Read more
I have a yellow line across my toenail and some discharge comes out between the nail and skin but no pain. Wat could it be?
It may be fungus: Or it may be a bacterial infection. I would be more concerned if there was redness and or swelling. If there is not you can try applying an antifungal medication found in the drugstore, if no improvement see a podiatrist. ...Read more
My son has a black line across both big toenails almost like it was broke then grew back together what could it be?
Think fungus: Fungal infections of the nail (s), or onychomycosis. A podiatrist can make the diagnosis, and offer treatment options. ...Read more
Gray Nails: One possible cause of blue-gray nail discoloration is using the drug minocycline. This broad-spectrum antibiotic has been found to turn nails a light blue-gray color. However, there are many other causes of nail discoloration as well, including fungal infection, chronic diseases and the use of various medications. Contact your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more