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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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My toe nails have horizontal ridges. Its like my nails have been broken into two parts and then they are pasted back together on my skin. What is it??

My toe nails have horizontal ridges. Its like my nails have been broken into two parts and then they are pasted back together on my skin. What is it??

Previous Illness: Were you very ill previously? This usually happens when on becomes severely ill and when recovery starts it is manifested in the nails. ...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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Can my toe nails fall off?

It is possible.: Some causes of nail separation may include trauma, infection, and reaction or side effect of certain medications. Have them evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What does black toe nails mean?

Black toenails: Black toe nails most commonly refer to subungual hematomas (a bruise under the nail) from trauma. Other causes of black toenails--not from trauma-- could be from severe nail fungus (rare), or from a malignancy (melanoma) --also rare-. If several nails are affected, this suggests subungual hematomas, and can be caused by bumping your foot, by running, or even wearing tight shoes (w/ tight toebox). ...Read more

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What causes skin buildup under toe nails?

What causes skin buildup under toe nails?

Fungus: You might have fungus. If your nails are curved or incurvated callus can build up in the nail grooves due to pressure. ...Read more

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My toe nails have rings... What does it mean?

Lunula: The rings at the base of the toe are consistent with the growth center of the nail, and the lunula "ring" is the active nail growing visibly. ...Read more

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