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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?
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
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
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
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
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
Shoes,long toes: is your shoe probably too short. You could have a long toe. The darkened toe could be due to repetitive trauma see a specialist ...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
Fungus B Gone: Try tea tree oil 1-2 x daily under nail or vicks vaporub at night. Dr. Haley suggests otc urea cream to soften the nail. May take 2-4 months before you notice normal nail by your cuticle. Treatment applied to your nail often doesn't work as well as prescription pills. Your toenail must be tested for fungus before pills can be prescribed. Also, treat any lurking athlete's foot. Slow going. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4 y/o stubbed toes toes look fine-no swelling, deformity, walking fine but nail bed looks red/purple and nail bled when happened. Doc visit needed?
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
One mean ingrown.: Some ingrown toenails can be treated at home by simple soaking to soften the nail, followed by trimming the offending corner. But, there are ingrown toenails that are severe and should be treated by an experienced professional. Resolution can be accomplished in the office without much lifestyle change. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Toe nail: Depends what caused the condition. If fungal it would need to treated with an anti-fungal medication or with some type of debridement. The nail may have injured in the past and need surgical correction. An ingrown nail may cause a local infection and should be removed by podiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Location, location..: The location of the pain would help. Side(s) pain usually means the nail is ingrown. When the central part is painful, then there could be something growing under the nail. This growth can cause pressure on the nail bed which can make the nail plate seem to hurt. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
See a doctor.: I would not recommend removing your own toenail. If you've had a trauma to the nail and it is lifting, and bruised or bleeding underneath, see a doctor to make sure you have not broken the bone beneath the nail. If the nail is ingrown or painful, your doctor can numb your toe and remove it in the office, in a controlled environment. I never recommend self-administered "bathroom surgery"! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on severity: This would depend on the severity, how long it has been a problem, and if it is infected. If this is mild and only been bothering you a week may resolve with soaking your foot in warm water. If there is pus you may want to see a doctor. A podiatrist (foot doctor) and some family medicine doctors can remove part of or all the nail if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Around 6 months: A normal toe nail could take around 6 months to a year to regrow fully. ...Read more