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Doctor insights on: Toenail Lifting From Nail Bed

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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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Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Toe nail injury -- nail attached, but nail bed exposed. What's the best treatment?

Bandaid and topical: The best treatment would be to get the wound assessed by a doctor. With that said if the there are no lacerations in the nail bed and the rest of the nail is attached firmly, no treatment would be necessary except for maybe a bandaid with topical antibiotic cream for a few days. If the nail is loose it may need to be taken off by a doctor or it may fall off on its own soon. ...Read more

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Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

Blue/purple base of toe nail after injury. Will my nail fall off?

May: Depending on the type of injury it is probably a good idea to have this evaluated by a specialist, especially is this is the result of a crushing injury, to ensure that there are no other concomitant issues such as a fracture. ...Read more

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Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

Subungual melanoma: nail bed discoloration or nail plate? My nail plate has a horizontal band 1/2cm across but skin underneath is normal. Confused

See a doctor: Your nail needs to be examined by your doctor, preferably by a dermatologist. After examination you will be guided further. A close watch for change in the size of discoloration or the skin around will guide the doctor further. Keep good photographs to detect changes over time(weekly). Good luck ...Read more

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Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Very darkly discolored finger nail from puncture wound between nail & cuticle. Will i lose nail? How to protect finger tip til nail regrows?

Nail bruising: After trauma to nail, it one can get a pooling of blood under the nail (subungual hematoma) which gives the nail a purple/maroon discoloration. If injury is recent and there is pain, please see dermatologist right away. It may be necessary to drain the blood from under nail. Whether nail will be lost depends on how much trauma and how much blood presses on junction between nail plate and bed. ...Read more

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Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Broke big toe on 8/12. Detached toenail. Skin is falling off in sheets from ALL toes on the foot. No cast. Walking boot,now surgical shoe. Why?

Quit Sloughing off.: Skin sloughing, particularly after a period of immobilization and departure from one's daily bathing routine, is almost a given when the immobilization and swelling end. Layers of dead skin cells that are normally sloughed during one's daily routine have piled up and are revealed as these skin "sheets". One can only imagine how much skin is shedded daily by your body daily. ...Read more

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CRPS- L foot-infected toenail. Nail removed, nail bed not destroyed -still infected. Could dr/podiatrist treat nail bed now to get rid of infection?

CRPS- L foot-infected toenail. Nail  removed, nail bed not destroyed -still infected. Could dr/podiatrist treat nail bed now to get rid of infection?

Infected nail: Yes. It should rather straight forward to now treat the infection. in the interim soak in salt water and white vinegar. Three tablespoons each , warm water for 5-7minutesuntil you see the doctor ...Read more

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Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Will toenail fungus lead your toe nail to fall off?

Not always.: This is sometimes the case, but certainly not always, or even that often. Usually there is discoloration and thickening of the nail plate. It can be treated with topical solutions, oral medications, surgical removal or certain types of laser. See a podiatrist to see which solution may be best for you. ...Read more

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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a : Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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My finger nail is coming away from the nail plate?

My finger nail is coming away from the nail plate?

Carefully : Trim the remaining attached piece apply an antibiotic and bandaid. If you are afraid to do this, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Son has one big toe nail that has fallen off & the other big toe nail is lifting. No trauma, fungus ruled out , nail flat/spoon, ideas of cause?

Son has one big toe nail that has fallen off & the other big toe nail is lifting.  No trauma, fungus ruled out , nail flat/spoon,  ideas of cause?

I will provide an : Idea, it is a little difficult without seeing the actual foot. I do believe that fungus and trauma are the most common causes. Trauma does not have to mean a heavy object fell on the toe. Repetitive micro trauma like a toe hitting the end of a shoe when running etc could be a cause, and nails can be negative for fungus due to false negatives. ...Read more

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My nail bed is flaking away from my fingernails?

My nail bed is flaking away from my fingernails?

If you have...: Artificial nails, remove them. A common cause is damage from the adhesive applied to hold the acrylics. Then, keep your nails away from soap & water and harsh chemicals as much as possible (wear gloves). Take biotin (one of the b vitamins) 5000 units per day. Use nail polish, either one color coat or 2 clear coats. Be patient, it may take several weeks to bring your nails back to normal. ...Read more

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My 20 mth sons big toenail fell off & his other big toe is lifting from nailbed. No trauma, fungus ruled out, nails are flat/spoon. Ideas on causes?

See below: Onycholysis is the separation of the nail plate from the nail bed. It can be caused by local problems like periungual warts or fungus (onychomycosis), but the most common reason for separation is trauma. However, some systemic diseases can cause this like psoriasis and hyperthyroidism. Have your pediatrician look into these possibilities. ...Read more

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Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Had infections at nailbed & ingrown nail. saw podiatrist for ingrown nail 6 mth ago nail now yellow & broken. Will it grow out? Can I use fake nail?

Nail regrowth: As long as the nailbed has not been damaged or removed, nails should regrow with time (lots of time). Sometimes the new growth is characterized by discoloration or distortion, and this is usually permanent. Occlusion of the exposed nailbed with artificial nails and chemicals may further damage the nailbed and inhibit any new growth that might occur. ...Read more

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Toenail is disconnected from root and lifting at cuticle, after ingrown infection. Will I need the rest of the nail removed or will it fall off?

Toenail is disconnected from root and lifting at cuticle, after ingrown  infection. Will I need the rest of the nail removed or will it fall off?

It is: best to have the nail removed to allow growth of a healthy new nail HOWEVER this is the decision of a plastic (hand) specialist if you want the best result! My opinion only Hope it helps! Dr Z ...Read more