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Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more


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What causes my finger nails and toe nails to be a dark color?

What causes my finger nails and toe nails to be a dark color?

This could be a: bacterial or fungal infection, or even stain from chemical agents. see dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment options ...Read more

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What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

What cause finger nails and toenails to turn blue?

Vasoconstriction: Vasoconstriction of the vessels can cause nails to turn blue. Known as raynaud's phenomenon, the constriction causes a loss of bloodflow in the area and improper oxygenation. The bluish color is described sometimes cyanotic. Another cause of blue nails can be from trauma due to a subungual hematoma (blood blister under the nail). ...Read more

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What causes thick and brittle toe nails?

What causes thick and brittle toe nails?

Fungus: Fungus or trauma are two of the major causes. See a podiatrist and if needed a nail biopsy could make the definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes the skin to grow attach to the toe nails?

What causes the skin to grow attach to the toe nails?

Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail can result from a number of things. Poorly fitting shoes and toenails that are not properly trimmed are the most common causes. The skin along the edge of a toenail may become red and infected. The great toe is affected most often, but any toenail can become ingrown. ...Read more

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What causes my finger nails to look purplel?

What causes my finger nails to look purplel?

Purple nails: Likely from poor circulation. Could be a condition called raynaud's phenomenon which affects as many as 8% of the population. ...Read more

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What is the cause and treatment for finger nail pitting?

What is the cause and treatment for finger nail pitting?

Several causes: Fingernail pitting can be caused by a variety of skin conditions. It represents parakeratosis in the nail matrix area. This can be caused by inflammatory conditions like psoriasis most commonly. ...Read more

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What causes a toe fungus to spread to the other toe nails on the opposite foot?

What causes a toe fungus to spread to the other toe nails on the opposite foot?

Contact: Fungus can be transferred by fomites or non-living objects such as socks, shoes or carpet. It can also be spread if the infected foot comes in contact with the non-infected foot. It is important to let your feet and shoes dry out regularly to avoid a moist environment that fungus likes. There are also fungal treatments that can be found in your local pharmacy. ...Read 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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What is the reason we have fingernails and toe nails?

What is the reason we have fingernails and toe nails?

Protection: Before we used them to climb trees and defend ourselves. Now the serve to protect the bones on tip of our toes and fingers. ...Read more

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What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

What can cause fingernails and toenails to turn blue?

Possibilities: This could be from trauma (like bruising), vascular compromise (diminished blood flow), damaged nerves, or more specific conditions like raynaud's (usually associated with autoimmune diseases). Talk to your primary care physician first and a referral will most likely follow based on his/her findings. ...Read more

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Severe athletes foot deep cracks in the heel of foot, toenails that are too thick to cut with fingernail clippers extreme pain and burning what to do?

Severe athletes foot deep cracks in the heel of foot, toenails that are too thick to cut with fingernail clippers extreme pain and burning what to do?

Consult with: a BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST (Skin specialist)
Look for Hospital or University based ( resources for CULTURE and SENSITIVITY of the infecting fungus (Although 'Tinea Pedis" most "common" other fungi can 'invade" as well as BACTERIAL 'super" infection" Good Luck and hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes finger and thumb nail fungus ?

Nail fungus answers: Nail fungus (both finger- and toe-nail) is caused most often by fungal organisms that like skin, also known as dermatophytes. It is less commonly caused by yeasts. It takes a long time to treat it, but it can be successfully and safely resolved with both medicines by mouth and specialized lasers. These 2 may be combined in difficult cases, and topical medicines may also be needed. ...Read more

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What causes fragile fingernails and toenails and what can help remedy and prevent this?

What causes fragile fingernails and toenails and what can help remedy and prevent this?

Many causes: They can be environmental- prolonged use of nail polishes, repeated washings/water exposure (think dishpan nails vs hands) and due to medical reasons such as forms of anemia, injury, circulatory changes and other medical reasons. Talk to your doctor about this for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have thick toe nails.It also tend grow inwards leading to nail extraction. What is cause & preventive to be taken?

Nailing it: One thickened nail is more than likely due to some type of infection, although, trauma to the nail could be the cause. If all the nails are thickened I would think that the cause is more than likely some type of infection. Nails thickened due to trauma have little chance of resolving without intervention. An infection can be treated with medicine. ...Read more

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What causes athletes foot and thickecking toenails?

What causes athletes foot and thickecking toenails?

Athlete's foot is: A fungal infection of the skin. Thickened nails are often fungal, but it can also happen from an injury or repeated microtrauma to the nails. ...Read more

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What can cause pain under the fingernails and toenails?

What can cause  pain under the fingernails and toenails?

Fungus: However, this would be obvious as there would be thickness. If here is thickness at all, i would rule out neuropathy as the cause. ...Read more

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What causes rough, dry, thick, peeling skin on the heels? Best ways to treat/prevent and make the skin soft again?

What causes rough, dry, thick, peeling skin on the heels? Best ways to treat/prevent and make the skin soft again?

See below: You may apply an emollient like Vaseline at night to soften the thick skin. Scrape of the layers with a heel scrapper/scrubber available at drug stores, in the morning. You will need to do this on an ongoing basis. For additional treatment you may consult this site: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/495745 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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