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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nail fungus treatmen: I ususally outline the following options for my patinets: topical creams topical antifungal nail polish removal of nail oral antifungals (some risk of liver concerns) laser nail treatment. Talk with your podiatrist about these options to see which is best for you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Infection/allergy?: This is a very unusual symptom, in fact i don't think i've ever had a patient with this problem! i did some research- the most likely cause is a fungal infection under the nail, a common problem that is usually not itchy, but the nail should look thick, distorted or discolored. It might also be a reaction to nail polish. It might also be an allergy to something you are eating. See my comment:. ...Read more
Not always.: This is sometimes the case, but certainly not always, or even that often. Usually there is discoloration and thickening of the nail plate. It can be treated with topical solutions, oral medications, surgical removal or certain types of laser. See a podiatrist to see which solution may be best for you. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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