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Treatments For Purple Toe Syndrome
Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?
Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more
Impossible to give you a diagnosis over the internet. A dark purple discoloration of the toes can come from a circulation issue, either a blockage or vasospasm (arteries that constrict causing less blood to flow), and sometimes, rarely, a small clot that breaks off from higher up in the body that occludes a small artery.
It's important you see your doctor about this as soon as possible. ...Read more
Depends on where/why: That description does not tell me much. Was there injury? How long have these purple marks been there? Are there other symptoms such as pain, itching, temperature changes of skin? I think it best to see a podiatrist for pcp for evaluation. ...Read more
It could be a bruise or infection.
See a podiatrist. ...Read more
No: Without seeing it, can't tell you anything else, so visit a doctor to take a look at it. ...Read more
Yes: I am concerned with things on my or my children's bodies that are not right. A purple toe is not right. This is likely a vascular problem. First check closely for any hair that may be strangulating the toe. If it is there remove the hair. If no hair is this toe colder than the others? Is it warmer? Take your findings to your pediatrician and haven him/her find the cause. ...Read more
See a podiatrist: Corns are callouses on the toes and are caused mainly by shoe irritation over a period of time. They can just be trimmed by a podiatrist, but will usually come back. The real cause is bony enlargement or malpositioning of the toe. There is a real simple surgery to smooth off the underlying bone and the corn should go away permanently. You can also have your shoes stretched or wear wider shoes. ...Read more
See your doctor: The toe is a separate issue from your possible diabetes. Your doctor can ask some questions, examine you, check a blood sample and tell you if you're diabetic. Your purple toe could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (pad), which is best managed by a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
No worries: Happened to me 8 months ago. The nail is attached to the nail bed. When injury occurs, the union between the two gets disrupted and bleeding occurs under the nail. Eventually it will fall off and a new nail will grow in. This process takes about 8-10 months. Mine is almost grown back. No pain....no worries. If it gets red, swollen or hurts, see a Podiatrist. ...Read more
Bony enlargement: It is thickened skin that forms pressure over a bone spur. There are no natural treatments. You can protect the area or have it removed. ...Read more
About time: You checked It out. ..." Purple lumps" aren't normal.... ...Read more
How to tell the difference between turf toe and broken? What are the treatments? How long for healing?
Xray: The only way to tell the difference is an X-ray. The treatment is essentially the same though. Buddy taping and rest until healed. ...Read more
My toes go purple when I sit down and go really red when I walk. There's no in between. What's my problem?
Discolored Toes: Circulation changes can cause purple toes when you sit from decreased blood flow to the digits and even bright red upon standing or when you walk. Staying hydrated, getting exercise and eating healthy foods are all important to maintaining good circulation. If you are concerned have your family doctor take a look. ...Read more
I have been training for my first marathon and after long runs my lips and toes turn purple for a while. Is this ok?
Absolutely: Nobody really understands the curious vasomotor things that happen in elite athlets. I am extremely pleased that you're involved in a fitness lifestyle and wish you the best. ...Read more
I went out dancing this weekend with high heels and ended up waking up with my toe being light purple with pain. What should I do?
No heels to heal: First of all, no high heels until your toe heals. You can elevate the leg and treat the painful area with ice protecting your skin with a towel for 15 minutes ever 1/2 to 1 hour. Try exercising in a swimming pool or on a bicycle as tolerated until well. If you don't improve at all or worsen, please seek medical help. Soft tissue injuries can take 4-6 weeks to heal on average, and sometimes longer. ...Read more
What are the treatments to fade a hyperpigmented scar that is purple that you are trying to fade to white? Scars are over 2 years old.
Vascular: The purple color in scars comes from blood vessels. At 2 years the scar is mature, and less likely to change on its own. Most topical treatments will do nothing, but a trial of topical silicone sheeting may help. Laser treatments can be used to reduce the size and number of blood vessels, or the scar can be excised and closed again. Which does or doesn't apply depends on your physical examination. ...Read more
I jump in a pool and my toes hit the bottom&i thought I just"stubbed"my toe but hrs later 2toes where black, purple, &blue. Are they broken?
Very possible: See foot doc for xrays.Get a more detailed answer ›
I trim my hair very short with a trimmer and have noticed 2 purple in color spots appear on my head. They don't hurt. Cause and treatment please.
Moles?: Are these raised? Might be a form of nevus which has blood vessels in it giving it this color? Can you send a picture? A dermatologist can easily identify and remove these if you would like. ...Read more
I have purple on the bottom right corner of my toe. It has started recently and I have no idea what it is. My family has a long history of diabetes?
Send picture: More information would be helpful...can you ask question again with uploaded picture?????? ...Read more