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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?
Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more
16y/o female, partial loss of nail cuticle.No pain, no itch, no history of skin disorders.Very mild contact dermatitis at palm.No history of trauma.Onychomycosis?
Many causes: The most likely cause is from too much contact with water onychomycosis usually causes thickening and flaking of the nails but not loss of the cuticle. Of course. Persistent allergic contact allergy can cause thinning as well with time. If none of the above applies to you, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
I had hand surgery a week ago to repair gamers thumb. My nail cuticle is really sore. Is this normal ? Or a cause for concern?
Simple Care: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Protect it with a simple dressing changed every other day. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. ...Read more
Many possibilities: There are many possibilities, but without examining your child, it's impossible to say. If there was a recent injury, it could be blood under the nail. You should seek immediate medical attention if he develops redness, swelling, pain, increased warmth at the site or fever, as these are signs of infection. ...Read more
Long indented line from top of nail to cuticle. It is clear. Showed up last night on left big toe. Is it something I should be worried about?
Any color to it: Does it have any color to it? Is it black or is it just indented? It may be what is know of onycholysis, which is splitting of the nail. Could be caused by repeated trauma to the area. If you are worried have a podiatrist check it out as a simple biopsy may reveal what you have. ...Read more
A can fell on my big toe lac is nail to cuticle. cleaned and bandaged. Dr said X-ray shows chip in bone. Should I consult specialist or just heal ?
Chip off the old....: There is no harm in seeing a specialist. Depending on the location and size of the chip, it might just be possible to use a splintage technique to minimize potential problems from the loose chip. Splinting may even increase the chances of the chip's ability to heal back on. ...Read more
I stabbed myself with a screw gun just below my nail and cuticle and the area is numb and couldn't feel the alcohol burn when I cleaned it. Every so often i feel pain raduating down my thumb. Should I go get it checked out to see if I hit a nerve?
Injury: The area may be temporarily numb. However, you didn't mention your tetanus shot status. If it has been over 10 years since your last shot, you don't know when your last shot was or it has been over 5 years with a dirty wound then please seek medical care to get tetanus updated. If the wound is deep, appears infected, is continuing to bleed - would certainly get attention. ...Read more
Bottom near the cuticle is a yellowish color and the nail by the cuticle is breaking off. What could I do at home?
Nail Discoloration: Nail discoloration, in which the nails appear white, yellow, or greenish, can result from different infections and conditions of the skin. In about 50% of cases, discolored nails are a result of infections with common fungi that can be found in the air, dust, and soil. There are many species of fungi that can affect nails. By far the most common, however, is called trichophyton rubrum. ...Read more
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