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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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Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

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 more

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Thickening toe nails?

Thickening toe nails?

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 more

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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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Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

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 more

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Treatment for toe nail fungus?

Treatment for toe nail fungus?

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 more

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Bunion; second tip of toe is numb and nail is dark?

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

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What causes toe nail fungus?

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 more

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Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

May: Depending on the type of injury it is probably a good idea to have this evaluated by a specialist, especially is this is the result of a crushing injury, to ensure that there are no other concomitant issues such as a fracture. ...Read more

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Improper nail on right foot toe.

Improper nail on right foot toe.

Depends on the prob.: Some causes of nail conditions include trauma due to tight shoes, infection, and medication side effects. Get the nails inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to kill toe nail fungus?

How to kill toe nail fungus?

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 more

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Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Could a broken toe nail grow back?

Broken toe nails: Usually grow back. If you are experiencing problems would encourage you to see a podiatrist. ...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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How to treat a ingrown toe nail at home?

How to treat a ingrown toe nail at home?

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

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Second toe hurts to touch and wear shoes. Is it fungus or ingrown toenail?

Second toe hurts to touch and wear shoes. Is it fungus or ingrown toenail?

Nail injury: Most of the toenail fungus cases are not painful, just ugly! Suspect ingrown nail, trauma or local infection causing that kind of issue. ...Read more

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Why would finger and toe nails fall off?

Why would finger and toe nails fall off?

Many causes: Trauma, fungal infections, rarely vascular disease and more. Make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Black line on my toe nail?

Black line on my toe nail?

Could be: A normal variant, blood, fungus, melanoma. The concern would be melanoma and hence should be checked out. ...Read more

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Why is black under my toe nail?

Why is black under my toe nail?

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 more

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What to do about my black toe nail?

What to do about my black toe nail?

See a podiatrist: If you injured the toenail and it is now black, it is probabley from blood under the toenail. If it is painful, you should have the blood drained. It should be looked at by a podiatrist to determine what to do. ...Read more

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My toe nail curls in on both sides?

My toe nail curls in on both sides?

Toe nails: Your shoes may be a little snug causing pressure on your nails to curl inward ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a bad toe nail?

What can I do to fix a bad toe nail?

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 more

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Why does my toe nail hurt constantly ?

Why does my toe nail hurt constantly ?

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 more

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In what ways can I remove my toe nail?

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 more

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Why does my toe nail look blue underneath?

Get it checked: A dark discoloration under the toenail can be as innocent as a bruise or as serious as skin cancer. If it does not appear to be dried blood under the nail, it may need to be biopsied. ...Read more

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What does a black line on my toe nail mean?

What does a black line on my toe nail mean?

Fungus or trauma: This could also be nail fungus or past trauma to the nail matrix causing discoloration of the nail form the point of trauma. ...Read more

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Will your toe nail grow back after losing it?

It should: Unless there was a severe trauma which damaged the nail matrix(root) from which nail grows. Usually nail grows back. This will usually take several months depending on which toe. ...Read more

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Where do I go for an ingrowing toe nail issue?

Podiatrist: A podiatrist ( foot doctor) can help you the most with an ingrown toenail. Once the nail is ingrown, it is highly unlikely that the nail will grow out normal. It generally needs the edge or the entire nail removed permanently. ...Read more

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If toe nail is slammed will it grow back again?

Yes: A toenail that is traumatized will grow back, perhaps at a slower rate. However, the appearance of the nail may be altered if the matrix (the area that determines the growth of nail) has been affected. ...Read more

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My toe nail is completely gone. What should I do?

Nothing: Nils that are completely gone for what ever reason seldom need any definative treatment other that watch, wait and treat locally if the need arises. ...Read more

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What's a good way to help your toe nail grow back?

Time: It will happen. (assuming no damage to the nail matrix). ...Read more

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Any tips for taking care of an ingrowing toe nail?

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 more

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How do I get my toe nail back to it's natural color?

How do I get my toe nail back to it's natural color?

Depends: This is dependent on what the cause and the actual discoloration if of the nail. See a specialist for this problem. ...Read more

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Supposing u remove your toe nail. Will it grow back?

Supposing u remove your toe nail. Will it grow back?

It should : Unless you took steps to have it not, or if you damaged the matrix. ...Read more