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Why are my toenails dark and thick?

Why are my toenails dark and thick?

Fungus: Trauma and various dermatologic problems can cause thickening and darkening of nails, but the most common cause is toenail fungus. Dermatophyte fungi infect the nail, essentially eating it and discarding the debris underneath. This causes the nail to thicken and discolor. The most effective treatment is oral antifungal medication. Lasers have become popular, but are expensive and not permanent. ...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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What causes toenails to be thick and hurt?

What causes toenails to be thick and hurt?

Fungus vs. Trauma: The 2 most common causes of painful, thick toenails are fungal infections and traumatically induced changes to the nail. For a complete and thorough diagnosis, visit your local podiatrist. A culture/biopsy may need to be informed to distinguish the cause. ...Read more

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My little toenails are very thick & difficult to cut. Why is this?

My little toenails are very thick & difficult to cut. Why is this?

Thick nails: The most common cause of thickness can be trauma — either overt or repetitive — or from fungus infection. See a podiatrist for a definitive answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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My big toenail is white on one half and thick. What is it and what can I do for it?

My big toenail is white on one half and thick.  What is it and what can I do for it?

Get checked.: Changes in nails can be due to trauma from bad shoes or improper trimming of nails or due to infection or other problems. See your doc or a podiatrist or a dermatologist and get the best advice, which can only occur after a good history and an exam. Consider a Prime Consult or a consultation with a specialist on HT concierge, if you do not have a doc. ...Read more

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My little toenail is thick but soft. What could this be? How can I make it look normal like it use to?

My little toenail is thick but soft. What could this be? How can I make it look normal like it use to?

Fungus: Sounds like fungal infection. Better see a Podiatrist that can evaluate the nail. Could be as simple as medication or you may need the nail taken off. ...Read more

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My toenails are thick, hard and discolored. It's very embarrassing. Is that a fungus? And where does it come from?

Very likely.: Thickened discolored nails that have a powdery and crumbly residue underneath typically indicate fungus. Treatments include topical antifungal therapy such as formula 3 which may be applied to a clean and unpolished nail for 6-11 months. The oral treatment is prescription only terbinafine and is a pill taken once daily for 3 months. It requires lab monitoring to endure no liver issues. ...Read more

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My toenail is black and when I cut it was hollow it is thickening where it is not black but where it is black it's not thick. What should I do?

My toenail is black and when I cut it was hollow it is thickening where it is not black but where it is black it's not thick. What should I do?

Biopsy: Best bet — let your pcp ot podiatrist biopsy and culture the nail tissue for you to objectify the source of nail thickness and discoloration. Any recent trauma or history of fungal infection? Good health and happy 2014. -dr. H-. ...Read more

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Is there a way to get rid of thick toenails?

Is there a way to get rid of thick toenails?

See a podiatrist: Trimming the thickened toenails can be a solution. This can be done manually by grinding or can be done with a keratolytic (medication) which can be prescribed. Consider seeing a podiatrist because it may not just be thick toenails. There may be an underlying infection in the nail and/or under the nail that needs to be treated. ...Read more

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How do you treat hard yellow thick toenails?

How do you treat hard yellow thick toenails?

See a podiatrist : The nails need to be trimmed and ground thinner and then started on an antifungal agent. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis on my toenail. It's very thick. Will it grow back to normal?

I have psoriasis on my toenail. It's very thick. Will it grow back to normal?

Possibly: The psoriasis needs to be treated for the toenail t improve. If only one toenail is involved, make certain it is not simply related to a fungal infection. ...Read more

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My toenail is thick why is that? It doesn't hurt or have any fluids nor does it have a smell? Can it be hereditary?

Unlikely: A thick toenail can occur from repeated trauma or fungal infection. Either way the nail root is affected and consultation with a podiatrist is best for treatment options ...Read more

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I have a very thick toenail and is a yellowish color. It has just recently has a line of 2 black dots under it should i be worried?

I have a very thick toenail and is a yellowish color. It has just recently has a line of 2 black dots under it should i be worried?

Likely OK: What you describe is usually part of the fungal, yeast or mold infection or from trauma. It is very unlikely to be anything of health concerns like melanoma, but that said, best to consult with a dermatologist or podiatrist to be sure all is benign. ...Read more

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My toenails have looked awful for years. They are thick and barely there on little toes I noticed today wide white line going through them cause?

My toenails have looked awful for years. They are thick and barely there on little toes I noticed today wide white line going through them cause?

Fungus and air: Sometimes you can get separation of the nail plate from the nail bed allowing air to get under the nail that can cause the white line. Also, may have fungus infection of the nails that will cause the nail to become yellow brown discoloration and the nail to become thicker ...Read more

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How can I prevent getting yellow and thick toenails?

How can I prevent getting yellow and thick toenails?

Minimize risk: Wear proper fitting shoes, let feet air out when possible, avoid walking barefoot in locker rooms and public bathroom/shower. Treat athletes foot or skin fungus promptly. Do not leave nail polish on too long. Stay healthy. ...Read more

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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

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What would cause thick toenails in a toddler? Is there anything to do to get rid of it?

What would cause thick toenails in a toddler? Is there anything to do to get rid of it?

Congenital: Actually 99% of thickened nails result from a birth defect, which may show up as the child ages. There is almost always a family history of such things. The fungus mif there, is always the result of, not the cause of the problem. Thus, antifungal therapies almost never cause it to disa[ppear. There is no known cure for "horn" nails. But they are cosmetic problems only. ...Read more

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What might cause excessively thick toenails only on your big toe? Healthy male subject, smoker, turkish descent

What might cause excessively thick toenails only on your big toe? Healthy male subject, smoker, turkish descent

Fungus or trauma: More than likely it is due to a fungus or trauma or both. It could be due to a number of other possible reasons though. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I've got extremely dry skin on my toes my cuticals, thick toenails for 3 yrs now & its painful but w/ no ins. I can't go to dr anything OTC to help?

I've got extremely dry skin on my toes my cuticals, thick toenails for 3 yrs now & its painful but w/ no ins. I can't go to dr anything OTC to help?

Suggestion: Your description may be a symptom of an underlying condition so I recommend that if this doesn't work, go see a dermatologist who can often perform routine tests in the office.
I recommend looking for the highest strength salicylic acid and urea cream you can get otc and apply one in the am and one in the pm. These will hydrate and exfoliate and smooth out thick nails. Let me know what you find. ...Read more

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My toenails have become discolored and my pinky-toes have become thick and greyish. Has been so for 10 years. Other toes now becoming glossy-white. Why?

My toenails have become discolored and my pinky-toes have become thick and greyish. Has been so for 10 years. Other toes now becoming glossy-white. Why?

Sounds like fungus: Keep in mind... The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is "managed" by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future. ...Read more

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I have very thick brittle yellowish toenails and the last few days have been experiencing a burning sensation feels like it's coming from under the to?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Your description is suggestive of fungal infection and there are effective treatment for the infection. You may wish to try over the counter treatment for nail fungus.
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What causes thick skin under the toenail the nail is curving around the thickened skin buildup

Probable Fungus: Sounds like toenail fungus causing build up under nail and nail changes. Topical or oral medication can help. Visit a local podiatrist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a thick white fungus on both of my heels and it has spread to my toenails. What kind of fungus is this, it's not athlete's foot?

I have a thick white fungus on both of my heels and it has spread to my toenails. What kind of fungus is this, it's not athlete's foot?

Fungus ,heels ,toena: Need to identify the organism by culture it could be yeast,mold,dermatophyte in order to prescribe the appropriate medication see a podiatrist for treatment ...Read more

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I have a fungus on my large toenail. The corners and very thick, crumbly and almost yellow. Is this cause for concern, besides cosmetic?

Not usually: For most patients, nail fungus is primarily a cosmetic issue. Some people, like those with diabetes, it can lead to bigger health problems. If the problem is very limited, topical treatments may still work. If the nail is affected to the very base, treatments become more involved. ...Read more

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Both of my second toes always have thick hard skin on the sides and tip of my toenails. Sometimes the skin is itchy or hurts. What could it be?

Both of my second toes always have thick hard skin on the sides and tip of my toenails. Sometimes the skin is itchy or hurts. What could it be?

Long second toe: Very commonly, if you have an elongated 2nd toe, the nail can be thickened due to pressure against the end of the shoe. If can also cause contracture of the toe and hardening of the skin at the tip of the toe. ...Read more