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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?

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

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Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Can nail polish destroy toenails?

Not the good polish: An underlying nail fungus is usually the culprit, and using nail polish may exacerbate the fungus. Most good polishes will not harm the nails, and in fact can act as a protectant. ...Read more

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Can nail polish be harmful? Turns my nails yellow.

Can nail polish be harmful? Turns my nails yellow.

No, just annoying: Yellow nails can be caused by several things, including some medical conditions. When it comes to nail polish, though, the yellowing is a result of your nails absorbing some of the pigment from the polish. Dark red pigments are most likely to stain your nails, so try a lighter red, or a different color altogether. ...Read more

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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?

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 or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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Can use of nail polish on nails cause nail polish-like smell of breath?

Can use of nail polish on nails cause nail polish-like smell of breath?

No, it does not: There are certain health conditions that are associated with unusual odors of breath. Those need to be examined by your doctor. If you are talking about your baby, please take him/her to the pediatrician to be examined. Things like chronic sinus infections, dental problems, certain metabolic problems, like diabetes and many others can give an unusual smell to the breath. ...Read more

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Does nail polish work on skin tag removal?

Does nail polish work on skin tag removal?

Not recomanded: Not to mu knowledge> skin tags can be removed easily by your doctor or a dermatologist, it should not be a home procedure. What you think is a skin tag can be a serious skin condition. Please let your doctor evasluate. ...Read more

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Black strips on nails?

Black strips: Splinter hemorhages are the most common then followed by melanonychia. ...Read more

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Would white nail polish turn teeth white as well?

Would white nail polish turn teeth white as well?

No: White nail polish is not formulated for oral use. It will not adhere in a moist environment, it is toxic, and it can damage your oral soft tissue . Do not use in oral environment. Your local dentist will know best what is clinically right for your teeth. Many dentists have a 'no charge' consult. Take care... ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes erase my tooth discoloration?

Not really: Crest white strips or any otc similar product will only whiten teeth that are slightly yellow but healthy otherwise . If your discoloration is due to developmental issues : antibiotics taken in early years, hypo calcification from over fluoridation , then strips won't help. See your dentist for an evaluation! ...Read more

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Lightly bumped front tooth w/weddingband. Used flashlight from under tooth. See horizontal line middle of tooth! Can't feel w/ nail. Craze line? 63yo

Lightly bumped front tooth w/weddingband. Used flashlight from under tooth. See horizontal line middle of tooth!  Can't feel w/ nail. Craze line? 63yo

Probably: Lightly bumping your tooth with wedding ring unlikely to cause much damage. Seen it chip an edge of tooth. However, due to your age , you probably have numerous wear and damages including craze lines in the enamel. The light reflecting thru the tooth may make these obvious. We use the light to examine the teeth in a similar fashion. Not likely a problem. ...Read more

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Are earth-friendly nail polish removers gentle enough to not weaken my nails?

Are earth-friendly nail polish removers gentle enough to not weaken my nails?

Inadequate evidence: These are not fda regulated products so you must rely on the claims of the manufacturer, testimonials and your own experience. Being earth friendly or natural does not necessarily mean nontoxic. Insecticides have been used to remove nail polish. Use with caution all products with possibly unknown ingredients. ...Read more

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Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

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

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Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

Could getting acrylic nails help with nail biting and cuticle picking habits?

It's possible.: Try it and see. Get a manicure and pretty polish. Notice how good nails look and see if it helps. ...Read more

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Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

Will crest whitestripes totally erase my tooth discoloration?

May not: The white strips may not lighten your teeth as much as you would like. See a dentist for other options that can have better and faster lightening. ...Read more

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Does nail polish remover kill headlice?

Does nail polish remover kill headlice?

Not a good idea.: I appreciate your desire to be ridded of head lice; but nail polish remover contains acetone--not a recommended product for use on hair. Many newer medications for head lice are now available by prescription that are superior to otc products. If you have already used otc--and failed--then call your doctor and request one of the newer rxs. You'll be thankful you did! ...Read more

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Does nail polish remover kill lice?

Does nail polish remover kill lice?

Use lice product: Why don't you use a known lice treatment that is available at any pharmacy? There are several that are proven lice killers, with the instructions included for best results. ...Read more