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I have thick skin growing from under my toenail, what is that?

I have thick skin growing from under my toenail, what is that?

It could be fungus: Toenail fungal infections, onychomycosis, are characterized by thicking of the nail plate, discoloration (usually yellowish brown) lossening of the nail and accumulation of debris between the nail plate and nail bed. It is also possible that you are developing a corn on the end of your toe as a result of the toe being too long or becoming deformed. A quick exam can determine this. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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My 4.5 y. O. Daughter has few toenails starting to separate from the toe skin at the growing end (base). Is this fungus?

My 4.5 y. O. Daughter has few toenails starting to separate from the toe skin at the growing end (base). Is this fungus?

May be fungus?: It's not normal for a 4 and half year old child to lose her toenails. I would take her to a podiatrist and have the feet examined for the possible cause. ...Read more

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My toenail has grown back strange. A mound of skin-like material is growing out of the nail bed. So the toe nail grows up and over the mound.

My toenail has grown back strange. A mound of skin-like material is growing out of the nail bed. So the toe nail grows up and over the mound.

Toe bone injury.: It sounds as though that "mound of skin" may be the result of injuring the toe bone just under the nail bed. Occasionally, the bone, when injured responds by a sudden growth spurt. As it grows upward, it raises the nail bed up and can cause a nail distortion as you have described. An r-ray will usually confirm the event. The treatment involves removing the boney spur. Known as subungual exostosis. ...Read more

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Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Paint away Monet.: If that is want you want to do, there is no reason not to. You might occasionally visually inspect the application site to make sure you are not irritating the skin with the paint. For your information, sometimes after a total nail removal, the new nail may show some distortion. This distortion can be temporary or permanent. There is no way of telling until the begins to appear. ...Read more

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So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

So I had an ingrown toenail removed a few months ago. Went great, but now I have skin growing over the edge of my nail and it hurts what should I do?

See a foot Doc.: About the only thing you can do is return to the doctor who removed your nail in the first place. Having said that, make sure whoever evaluates it now has expertise in handling this specific post operative condition. ...Read more

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Will peeled skin grow back on your foot?

Yes: Yes, skin will grow back after it has peeled, but may take longer because of the induced walking we do on our feet and the trauma from walking may delay healing. ...Read more

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I have a piece of skin that has separated under my foot. It's seems to have grow detached like something is in it.?

I have a piece of skin that has separated under my foot. It's seems to have grow detached like something is in it.?

Tag, your it.: Anything growing, partially attached, from the bottom of the foot needs to be examined. A specialist should be able to quickly determine the proper treatment plan. My concern is if this piece continues to grow and/or gets ripped loose, an infection could be started and things could get a whole lot worse. It is best to have it examined and remove all doubt. ...Read more

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What causes the skin to grow attach to the toe nails?

Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail can result from a number of things. Poorly fitting shoes and toenails that are not properly trimmed are the most common causes. The skin along the edge of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is affected most often, but any toenail can become ingrown. ...Read more

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I just had a bunch of warts surgically removed from the bottom of my foot. Now my skin is bumpy and patchy does this mean it is growing back?

I just had a bunch of warts surgically removed from the bottom of my foot. Now my skin is bumpy and patchy does this mean it is growing back?

Not surprising.: Surgically removing warts, especially from the bottom of the foot, has a very questionable success rate. Don't be alarmed if you see warts returning. The other problem with wart removal on the bottom of the foot is the inevitable residual scar tissue at the incision sites. This scaring can sometimes worse than the original wart. Care must be taken when deciding the best treatment regimen. ...Read more

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So the skin on both of my big toes like at the base of it looks like it's growing over my toe nail. One sides straight the others diganol is normal?

So the skin on both of my big toes like at the base of it looks like it's growing over my toe nail. One sides straight the others diganol is normal?

If there is no pain: I would not worry so much. We can't see what your describing though. As long as the skin is not an abnormal growth of some kind I would not be so concerned. If you have pain on par with an ingrown toenail then see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Cut open inner calf on dirtbike foot peg to the bone, 10 internal and a running stitch outer. Skin is growing over my stitches, is that ok? Gonna hurt

Stitches: How long have they been in? 5 to 14 days depending on body location is norm. As long as the loops of a running stitch are exposed (to where they can get a fine scissors tip under) they can be removed. ...Read more

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Athletes foot skin between pinky toe has growing dead skin, when removed leaves an indent like hole. Now hurts, antibiotics? Which one if so?

Athletes foot skin between pinky toe has growing dead skin, when removed leaves an indent like hole. Now hurts, antibiotics? Which one if so?

Not so Fast.: Your issue may or may not be associated with a fungal infection. The dead skin could also be associated with a callus formation caused by the phalangeal toes rubbing together. Either way, resolution may best be achieved by an evaluation by a foot expert. ...Read more

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I am 62 years old. I have a deeply rooted corn on my right foot. I got orthopedic surgery done twice, but the corn is growing once again. Whom should I contact for complete removal, an orthopedic, a plastic surgeon, or a skin specialist?

I am 62 years old. I have a deeply rooted corn on my right foot. I got orthopedic surgery done twice, but the corn is growing once again. Whom should I contact for complete removal, an orthopedic, a plastic surgeon, or a skin specialist?

Corn: First, corns are not deeply rooted. The first thing to do is seek the help of a podiatrist who will accurately diagnose the cause of the corn and will guide you with appropriate treatment. Best of luck! ...Read more

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1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? Will it grow back if it is?

1-2mm Raised skin coloured spot on foot scratched it top came off no bleeding bit watery could it be nodular melanoma? Will it grow back if it is?

Watch it: Keep an eye on this spot and look for future changes. It will likely heal on its own over 1 week. If it does not heal over 2-3 weeks time, you need to see a doctor to check it and guide you further. ...Read more

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The skin under my toenails keep turning blue, why?

Could be many reason: If it is all of them it could be vascular, it depends on when it happens it could be pressure if the nails are pressing or the shoes, or your socks. To many possibilities to say. A picture would be helpful. I could do a consult or have them checked out. ...Read more

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Skin around my toenail is black, what should I do?

Skin around my toenail is black, what should I do?

Get it looked at: A black discoloration of the skin around the nail could be due to a variety of reasons including infection, trauma, or in rare instances a skin cancer. If you have not notice any significant improvement or if it has increased in size, you should having it looked at by your primary care physician who may want to refer you to a dermatologist or podiatrist for a biopsy. ...Read more

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Why is the skin thickening under my toenails?

Why is the skin thickening under my toenails?

Could be a fungus: But without seeing you or taking a culture, it's impossible to say. A podiatrist (in person) would be able to give you the answers you need. ...Read more

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The skin on the bottom of one of my toenails is detaching from the nail, what is going on?

Injury to the nail: An injury or trauma to the toe can cause the cuticle to separate from the nail Seek a Podiatrist in your area. Easily can become worse. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a mild case of psoriasis on several toenails without any skin symptoms?

Yes: With mild cases of psoriais, you can develop this in just the toenails as this makes the nails weaker and prone to a fungus infection. ...Read more

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Both of my big toenails fell off. Is it okay for me to buy fake toenails and glue them to the underlying skin since I have no nail left?

Probably not: The glue for fake nails is not designed to be used on bare skin. Why did your toenails fall off? If it was from an injury and the cuticle is still intact they will grow back, it will take some time though. ...Read more

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I ripped my toenail as well as the right side of my skin, it started to bleed. 4 days later and still bloody, it is inflamed, inflation spread, why?

Wait no more.: Well, when the skin was ripped, the wound may have been seeded with a bacteria. The wound has now become infected or at least showing signs of infection. This can get worse and very quickly. The best solution is to have your toe evaluated by a podiatrist or any other doctor with experience treating nail injuries. ...Read more