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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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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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If i have a black line on my toenail, who should i see to check it out? A dermatologist or a podiatrist?

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

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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?

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

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My son has a black line across both big toenails almost like it was broke then grew back together what could it be?

My son has a black line across both big toenails almost like it was broke then grew back together what could it be?

Nail discoloration: Dark lines across the nails most commonly are from either trauma or fungus. As long as it is healing he should be fine... if you are concerned, a picture or video upload will help and an exam will definitely give you the correct diagnosis and treatment if needed. ...Read more

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Why is there a vertical black line on my right big toenail?

Why is there a vertical black line on my right big toenail?

Trauma: A dark line that runs vertically down the nail can indicate that you might have traumatized the nail matrix(the area where the nail starts growing). Other possibilities are fungus, melanoma and genetics. See your doc for a full evaluation. ...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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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

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How to treatingrown toenails?

How to treatingrown toenails?

See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection. A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future. ...Read more

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