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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?
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
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Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused
See a doctor: Your nail needs to be examined by your doctor, preferably by a dermatologist. After examination you will be guided further. A close watch for change in the size of discoloration or the skin around will guide the doctor further. Keep good photographs to detect changes over time(weekly). Good luck ...Read more
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
A few choices: Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis is a very frustrating problem to treat. There are two main treatments. Pen-lac is a nail polish that you can put on each toenail daily it works ok and is better for milder cases. Lamisil pills (terbinafine) works better and is now generic so is only $4 on the walmart generic plan. You take the pills for 3 months but needs blood tests and md supervision ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indeed: Acrylic nails starve the "real" nail surface of oxygen which encourages fungal growth. Also, as the nails separate over time, moisture can seep underneath them increasing fungal growth. Be sure that at each "redo, " you have a complete clean up and disinfection. Be sure your technician only uses one file per client. Ask that your tech keep your stuff separate from other tools and materials. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Culture: The best way is to see a podiatrist and have a culture done. ...Read more
To create a nail sample, how much "nail" do I need here? I have been asked to give a nail sample and don't know much "nail" I am supposed to give. It is for some fungus growing on the nail. Is it just literally a few small pieces and shavings of the nail?
Medication and laser: There are a number of ways to get rid of toenail fungus. You can take oral antifungal drugs, use a medicated nail polish or get treated with a laser that's specific for destroying nail fungus. Each treatment has its risks and benefits. Consult your dermatologist to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
FugusRequireMoisture: without which they do not survive. A key reason fugal infections are far more common under nails & between skin folds (athlete's foot) than in other locations. They are very difficult to stop, once they get a hold, esp. if your blood glucose is not very low (optimal HbA1c <5.0%) & circulation not good (optimize lipoproteins). Avoid moisture cream, closed toe shoes Before terbinafine 3-4 months. ...Read more
My nails seem to be seperating from the nail bed, first one and now two others are starting, what is it? Fungus?
It MAY be...: The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future. Oral antifungal medicines (lamisil), topical medications (formula 3), laser therapy, surgical removal, homeopathic applications (tea tree oil). Talk to a podiatrist for what will be best and most effective for you. ...Read more
I have a fungus or something on my fingernails and its made all of them fall off what can I take to regrow my nails.?
Nail fungus: Nail fungus is a reason why you can lose your nails. Lamisil (terbinafine) can help treat nail fungus for many people. Start with a visit to your primary doctor for an examination. Most pcps are comfortable treating nail fungus, and they can start treatment after some basic lab testing. ...Read more
I have one nasty-looking thumb nail due to some sort of fungus i've recently learned. I want my thumb nail back. What can I do?
Oral anti-fungal: Nail fungus infections are "dug in", and only respond to oral anti-fungal treatment. Topicals are a waste of time. Your toenails are probably infected too - if not, it's very likely that your thumbnail problem is not due to a fungus. Either way you should see a dermatologist. Contrary to popular belief, oral anti-fungals are not dangerous when prescribed correctly by a knowledgeable dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have had fongus on my nails since over a year ago and I tried to get rid of it but nothing worked, does anyone know something that can cure it?
Nail infections: Fungal infections of the nails and hair are difficult to treat without a prescription, and topical medications are not sufficient. Oral medication is usually used for several weeks to clear these types of infections. Since they can have significant side effects, close monitoring by your prescribing physician will be necessary. ...Read more
Fungus is all around: The fungus is all around us. If you are suseptible and if the exposed to a critical degree, then the fungus can occur. Usually nail fungus starts first with a skin fungal infection. If you can control skin fungal infections (athlete's foot), then this can diminish the opportunity for the nail becoming infected. Washing and drying the foot well, changing sock daily can help. Dr l. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers