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If I stepped on a rusty nail but it didn't penetrate and cause any bleeding should I be okay? No visible puncture or pain.

If I stepped on a rusty nail but it didn't penetrate and cause any bleeding should I be okay? No visible puncture or pain.

Monitor for now: If you did not actually suffer a puncture wound, then no need to be treated. However, if you did break skin and your immunization status is unknown, you may want to get it looked at for any signs of infection and/or to update your tetanus. ...Read more

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My thumb got smashed in a car a couple months ago. My nail grew out to the point that it fell off. There is no visible nail now. Will it grow back?

My thumb got smashed in a car a couple months ago. My nail grew out to the point that it fell off. There is no visible nail now. Will it grow back?

Unfortunately: it sounds like you damaged the nail bed at the GROWTH area! See a Board Certified DERMATOLOGIST to discuss your "options" Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I had acrylic nails a few weeks ago. I now noticed I have no visible lunula except on my thumbs. Is this a cause for concern?

I had acrylic nails a few weeks ago. I now noticed I have no visible lunula except on my thumbs. Is this a cause for concern?

Me too.: Yikes me too. I don't use acrylic nails but many people only show that crescent on the thumbs. It's ok. ...Read more

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My fingernails hurt when i wash hands in warm water. No discoloration or visible problems. If i put on nail polish i don't feel pain.

My fingernails hurt when i wash hands in warm water. No discoloration or visible problems. If i put on nail polish i don't feel pain.

Polish remover?: The acetone in nail polish remover can cause brief sensitivity to hot or cold water. Make certain that it is thoroughly washed from the hands after use. ...Read more

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Can a black nail cause swollen glands in the groin on one side? Smaller than a pea and not visible but you can feel it

Can a black nail cause swollen glands in the groin on one side? Smaller than a pea and not visible but you can feel it

Depends: From the information you provided, it is not clear what the "black nail" is. A possibility is melanoma and the enlarged node may indicate spread of the tumor. Please see a doctor at your earliest convenience to have it evaluated as it is not feasible to provide meaningful opinion without examining you. ...Read more

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What are the visible symptoms of hand infection?

What are the visible symptoms of hand infection?

Swelling, heat: Heat swelling, change in color are signs of a skin infection. If this on finger it need attention including oral antibiotics and possible incision and drainage. A deep infection can spread and do damage to tendons. Early treatment is best. ...Read more

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If someone has herpes on their hand. Herpes whitlow. And shakes your hand. No visible cuts on your hand. But are dry. Odds contracting herpes that w?

If someone has herpes on their hand.  Herpes whitlow. And shakes your hand. No visible cuts on your hand. But are dry. Odds contracting herpes that w?

Almost zero chance: Unless the whitlow is open and weeping, there is little if any infection risk. I have never heard of herpes being transmitted by shaking hands. However, it is important that people with herpes whitlow not allow the infected finger come in contact with other persons' eyes, mouth, or genital area, e.g. during sex or foreplay. ...Read more

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I have have 7 very tiny bites on my palm of my hand in the shape of a crescent. What are they from? Visible punctin, itchy. Area is red and puffy

I have have 7 very tiny bites on my palm of my hand in the shape of a crescent. What are they from? Visible punctin, itchy. Area is red and puffy

Exam needed: I am concerned about a hand infection(cellulitis) in view of the redness and swelling. It may be more of an allergic reaction than an infection, but either way it should be evaluated and treated. If your physician can't see you tonight, head to the hospital emergency room. ...Read more

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I have a weird itch on my hand, but no bumps, rash or any other visible mark. What could the itching be?

I have a weird itch on my hand, but no bumps, rash or any other visible mark. What could the itching be?

Contact: A contact allergy could result in itching initially without any visible rash. Diagnostic testing would includ a patch test to determine an etiology. This requires 2 visits 48-72 hours apart without wetting the back. The symptoms can be controlled with topical and oral antihistamines. You can temporarily suppress symptoms with a non sedating antihistamine - zyrtecor allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more