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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Overview)

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 bacteria or fungal growth.


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Proper way to cut toenails?

Proper way to cut toenails?

Straight across: Toenails should be trimmed straight across. Don't try to cut them short, trim the nails and use an emery board to file and shape the nail afterwards. Improper trimming can lead to ingrown toenails and injury to the nail bed and tip of the toe. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
340 Doctors shared insights

Toenails (Overview)

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 bacteria or fungal growth.


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Why are my toenails so dark?

Why are my toenails so dark?

0_o: It can mean multiple things, from trauma, to mycotic nails, to many many more. If painful or new please go see a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

On average fingernails grow 3.5 mm per month while toenails grow 1.6 mm per month. ...See more

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Treating an Ingrown Toenail (Checklist)

Make sure your shoes aren't too tight
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Have it evaluated by your podiatrist if there are signs of infection
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See a podiatrist if pain persists or doesn't improve
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How to treatingrown toenails?

How to treatingrown toenails?

See a podiatrist: You might make the problem worse trying to dig them out yourself in terms of increased pain or infection.

A podiatrist can give you fast pain relief. If this is a recurrent issue, there are permanent procedures that keep this from bothering you again in the future. ...Read more

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How can you treat dark toenails?

How can you treat dark toenails?

Possible fungus: If due to fungus there are several options topical s. Oral medication, and laser. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

Healthy fingernails and toenails should be smooth without pits or grooves. ...See more

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Why is my toenails turning dark?

See below: You may have injured it and there is blood under the nail, or you may have a fungus. ...Read more

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Why are my toenails turning black?

Too little info: Too little info here...Could be many things from trauma to fungal issues...You need to see your family doc or a podiatrist for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

One of the reasons fingernails grow quicker than toenails is due to amount of sunlight exposure. ...See more

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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

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What causes black and blue toenails?

What causes black and blue toenails?

See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

Fungal infections cause about half of all nail disorders. More common in toenails. ...See more

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Why my big toenails fall off every year?

Damage: To nail matrix could. Be cause or fungus can loosen nail enough for it to fall off. The matrix is the growth center to area just behind the nail. ...Read more

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What causes black lines in the toenails?

What causes black lines in the toenails?

Various things: In people with skin of color it may be a normal variation. Skin growths may also cause them, both of the benign and malignant kind. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

It takes between 12 and 18 months for a toenail to fully grow. ...See 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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Toenails (Tip)

If no medical problems, diet with plenty of water, greens, gelatin, protein, all will effect nails. ...See more

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How can I get help for discolored toenails?

See podiatrist: Or dermatologist. The question is what is the discoloration from. Sometimes, it is from a fungus but not always, sometimes it can be from bacteria under the toenail or from trauma. Sometimes, it can occur from dried blood under the toenail, or from nail polish.
Once, a doc determines the etiology they can offer a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What to do if my toenails are falling off!?

I would start: With my internist for a good physical exam to see if there is a bigger problem. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

Essential tea tree oil helps clean cuticles and prevents fungus on nails! ...See more

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When I cut my toenails it hurts. What's wrong?

When I cut my toenails it hurts. What's wrong?

Too short: You may be cutting your nails too short or they may be ingrown and you are pulling them out of the corner of the skin. ...Read more

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What can I do?! my toenails are falling off!?

What can I do?! my toenails are falling off!?

Have it evaluated: Some causes of abnormal nail growth include trauma, infection, side effects of medication, and possible systemic diseases such as psoriasis. Have them inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Toenails (Tip)

A fingernail or toenail treated with oral anti fungal medication will take 6 to 12 months to grow. ...See more

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What can I do about my very deformed toenails?

Depends: If the deformity is due to infection such as a fugal infection, it can be treated and your nail should go back towards normal. If there has been trauma to the area it will not go back to normal. ...Read more

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Could toenails grow the same after falling off?

They could: But if the nail has been bruised or otherwise injured more severely the root (matrix) that they grow from can be injured, causing the nail (s) to grow back deformed. Injury to the nail can cause secondary infection, which can also further deform/damage the new nail. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

A few: Home remedies for nail fungus include:

vick's vaporub
listerine mouthwash
tea tree oil

they might help the appearance a little, but usually does not cure the infection. On the plus side they are cheap, and will cause no harm.

It can also be a bruised toenail, which if painless usually fade in time. If painful it might be a hematoma that needs podiatric treatment. If all fails, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Any options for permanently discolored toenails?

Many options: For fungus nail but first must prove it actually is a fungus. Your dr. Will take a small portion and send to pathology and if fungus there are many treatment options. ...Read more

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What is the feeling of like pins in my toenails?

What is the feeling of like pins in my toenails?

? neuropathy: "pins and needles" could be due to a neuropathy or nerve irritation issue. If this persists, get the condition evaluated and tested for a "peripheral neuropathy." best wishes. ...Read more