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What causes white spots to form on toenails?

What causes white spots to form on toenails?

Think nail fungus: What you are describing sounds consistent with a nail fungus, or onychomycosis. See a podiatrist or dermatologist to talk about your treatment options. They may include medication, laser, or surgical options (if severe). ...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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Purple spots on both big toenails after wearing heels last night. No pain nor swelling ( but both in the exact same place ). Will they go away ??

Purple spots on both big toenails after wearing heels last night. No pain nor swelling ( but both in the exact same place ). Will they go away ??

Nail trauma: These will slowly progress and fade as your nails grow out. They are likely related to trauma, as you suggest, as the changes are symmetrical. ...Read more

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I've got two tiny dark spots under my big toenail, around it the nail is red and there's pain when pressure is applied, what could it be?

Bruising: It could be tiny bruises, but you should be seen and evaluated for the redness. If the dark spots have been in place for a while see a dermatologist. If they suddenly appeared with the pain it may just be a bruise. Have it looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also have toenail fungus on same toe.

Under skin red spots on end of big toe. Also have toenail fungus on same toe.

Red dots: near toes could be an extension of fungus onto the skin from your toenail. Get some help and see a podiatrist or skin doctor for more clarification and treatment. ...Read more

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Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

Is the black spot on my toe a bruise or toenail fungus? How to tell?

See the podiatrist: A bruise is the result of a blood blister under the nail plate which can lift the nail plate from the underlying bed. This could lead to toenail fungus. However, not all black spots are bruises or infections, like fungus. There is other growths that discolor the nails, including some cancers. To be safe, have a podiatrist examine your toenail. ...Read more

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I have 2 small black spots at the base under my middle toenail. I don't recall banging it but was stepped on once. I don't know if it has grown?

Trauma: It is nit unusual for that discoloration to occur under a toenail that has been traumatized and it may last weeks. If you have more concern, consult a podiatrist for evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a toenail fungus?

Discoloration...: Some of the changes associated with toenail fungus are thickening, subungual debris, discoloration and in some cases pain. ...Read more

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What causes toenail fungus and how is it treated?

Fungus: Fungus in the nails can be very difficult to eradicate. Otc topicals work poorly. Prescription orals carry risks. Prescription topicals don't work all that well either. I do use a laser in my practice that - so far - is quite effective. Fungus spreads and waiting guarantees a more difficult road . See your podiatrist. ...Read more

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Toenail fungus in diabetics ?

Toenail fungus in diabetics ?

Diabetes nail fungus: Diabetes affects the whole body, especially the microcirculation. When circulation to feet is compromised, & especially if blood sugar isn't well controlled, fungus can infect nail bed & thrive. Topical treatments are little help. Oral antifungals work but take months & may irritate liver. A podiatrist can offer additional options. Prevention & glucose control are keys. ...Read more

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I have had toenail fungus for years, what really works?

I have had toenail fungus for years, what really works?

Speak to your: Doc about oral lamisil (terbinafine). I recommend confirming the fungal nail diagnosis, and checking liver enzymes in bloodwork before starting the treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenail Fungus (Definition)

Fungal toenail infection is an infection of the ...Read more