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A drawer fell on my big toe and now underneath the toe nail is blackish blueish, what should I do?

A drawer fell on my big toe and now underneath the toe nail is blackish blueish, what should I do?

It depends: What you describe is a black toenail or subungal hematoma. This can be extremely painful and there can be pressure under the nail from continued bleeding. Most of the time the pain and throbbing improves with rest & ice. The discoloration improves with time as the blood stained nail grows out. However, if the pressure/pain continues or gets worse the hematoma must be drained by a doctor.

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Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.

Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.

Hematoma: It sounds like a subungual hematoma. This happens usually from injury from injury to toe. Reddish blue is most likely active bleeding and black is old. The green is concerning. It should be evaluated for healing/infection. There are some bacteria that turn things green so you should see a podiatrist to evaluate. Healing bruises also turn many colors. The bruise has to grow out.

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A small black dot on the side of big toe nail near the bed. About the size of the letter "o". No pain. Now another appearing. What could it be?

A small black dot on the side of big toe nail near the bed. About the size of the letter "o". No pain. Now another appearing. What could it be?

Best to Check.: Whenever small black dots start appearing, it is best to have them looked at by an experienced physician. Often times, they are nothing more than blood trapped under the skin, but to remove all doubt, check it out.

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I experienced black spots on my toenails a few weeks ago, and just now noticing my toe nail is coming off, and has gross stuff underneath it.?

I experienced black spots on my toenails a few weeks ago, and just now noticing my toe nail is coming off, and has gross stuff underneath it.?

Be seen: Multiple potential causes, probably among the more common is a fungal infection. I would not hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis and treatment options.

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My toe nail has been black and blue now for a month. Walked a lot and the nail felt bruised at the beginning. Doesn't hurt now. Is that bad? Old blood?

My toe nail has been black and blue now for a month. Walked a lot and the nail felt bruised at the beginning. Doesn't hurt now. Is that bad? Old blood?

A Slow Grow: It sounds like there is old blood trapped under the nail. This can happen during and/or after walking a lot. There is not much to do now but wait. Time will enable the nail to grow out and slowly bring the old blood with it. Nails grow at a slow pace so be patient.

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1year ago my big toe nail got ripped out from dancing (stuck between floorboards) and gp said to give it time and now the cuticle is black and no nail?

1year ago my big toe nail got ripped out from dancing (stuck between floorboards) and gp said to give it time and now the cuticle is black and no nail?

MIA: You should have a nail back by now. It should have regenerated within 9 -12 months. You should have nice pink skin there now. For the blackness and the no growth, consult your local area podiatrist.

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I have a black spot on the side of my big toe nail. I got a nail fungus a few years ago at a salon.... Tried topical and even pills... Now this spot?

I have a black spot on the side of my big toe nail. I got a nail fungus a few years ago at a salon.... Tried topical and even pills... Now this spot?

Differential: Diagnosis would include fungus, dried blood or worse case scenerio something serious like melanoma. It is more likely on of the first two but since melanoma is dangerous warrants it be checked out.

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About a month ago half my toe nail turned black. It hasn't gone away or even lessened. What's the cause and how to get back to normal color?

About a month ago half my toe nail turned black. It hasn't gone away or even lessened. What's the cause and how to get back to normal color?

Dry blood: It is very common to have bleeding under the toenail without an injury. Everyday walking causes pressure from the toenail hitting the shoe, which can cause tearing of the nail plate from the nail bed which will make the nail look black. In most cases this is self-limiting. However rarely this can be melanoma And needs to be evaluated.

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I noticed my toe nail has turned black. What could it be from I have not injured my toe?

I noticed my toe nail has turned black. What could it be from I have not injured my toe?

UNKNOWN TRAUMA: Sometime there may be trauma you did not remember. If it is only an isolated one toe, you need not worry. Make sure it is not from ill fitting tight shoes other causes are fungal infection, common in immunocomprised patient and diabetics. Rare cause is melanoma.

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Black line on my toe nail?

Could be: A normal variant, blood, fungus, melanoma. The concern would be melanoma and hence should be checked out.

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Why is black under my toe nail?

Why is black under my toe nail?

Black toenail: A number of things can make a toenail/portion of the toenail look black: fungal infections, blood under nail, certain medications, inflammatory conditions. With meds, most/all nails are involved. Moles/freckles in the nail growth center (matrix) give linear pigmented brown or black streaks, so can melanoma. If the discoloration of the nail is new, please see your dermatologist for proper diagnosis.

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What to do about my black toe nail?

What to do about my black toe nail?

See a podiatrist: If you injured the toenail and it is now black, it is probabley from blood under the toenail. If it is painful, you should have the blood drained. It should be looked at by a podiatrist to determine what to do.

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What does a black line on my toe nail mean?

What does a black line on my toe nail mean?

Fungus or trauma: This could also be nail fungus or past trauma to the nail matrix causing discoloration of the nail form the point of trauma.

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Half of my toe nail is brown/black, what could be the cause?

Many things: Many things can cause discoloration of a toe nail. It could be blood resulting from a history of trauma or a fungal infection. I would advise seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist to rule out anything more serious, such as melanoma.

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My right middle toe nail is half off...What can I do...Thanks...It's a little painful right now?

Toenail off: If your toenail is coming off, it's better to have it trimmed off the loose edges. It should grow back normally at your age and relatively healthy condition. If it's too painful or you're uncomfortable with self trimming, see your doctor for a referral to your foot doctor. Hope this helps!

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My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off, what could be the cause?

My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off, what could be the cause?

Most likely Fungus: This sounds like a fungal infection of the toenail. There are various treatment options. Topicals don't work well, but may if you are aggressive with treatment. Oral medication may be needed. This conditiion may be caused by repetitive trauma. Have him see your local podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options. Dr l.

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Why is my big toe nail black?

Hematoma or melanoma: Most likely it is a hematoma or blood but there are rare cases of skin cancer, although very unusual in your age group. If you did not injure it you need to get it checked.

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