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Thick Curling Toenails
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
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
Used to have thick hard toenails now they are softer and growydown around and over the tip ould this be telling somethi g is wro g else where. SMoker?
Smokers toenail: Stop smoking, seek foot doctor and do liver function test ...Read more
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
My little toenail is thick but soft. What could this be? How can I make it look normal like it use to?
Have thick ridge of skin under toenails, makes it hard to trim them short enough. Painful if try to remove.
See a podiatrist: You need to have them examined and see what can be done. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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?
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?
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
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
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
Fungus: Is the most likely cause.Get a more detailed answer ›
What might cause excessively thick toenails only on your big toe? Healthy male subject, smoker, turkish descent
I have dry cracked heels, & fungus on 2 toenails (may not be fungus, just thick). How should I care for & address both these issues simultaneously?
I have a black stripe that's as thick as the eraser at the end of my toe and runs all the way along my toenail, I ignored it for a couple of years.
Med eval: Consider med evaluation by your dermatologist or podiatrist. ...Read more
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?
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
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?
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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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 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
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?
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