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What causes black toenail?

What causes black toenail?

Blood,fungus,other: The most common causes of black toenails are old blood from trauma and fungal infections. There are other dermatological and hematological causes, but they are not common. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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I was born without pinky toenails. How rare is that and what might be the cause?

 I was born without pinky toenails. How rare is that and what might be the cause?

Congenital: people can be born with missing digit, or they can have extra digit, complete or partial. there is no specific reason, something did not finish forming, in your case it was the pinky toenail. ...Read more

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The tips of my toenails are turning white. What do you think is the cause of this!

Dr. Jeffrey Ng Dr. Ng
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May be nail fungus..: You should see your doctor and provide him with a large nail clip of the nail to send it to the lab for fungal analysis. May be nail fungus. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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I know of a child just turned 5years old and weighs 90 lbs estimated he has dicolored toenails is this a cause?

Possibly: If you mean, because of obesity. Excessive weight can put excessive stress on feet in shoes and affect toenails, either by trauma or fungus infection. However, a poddiatrist should be seen to evaluate. ...Read more

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I noticed both of my big toenails aren't as clear as the others. How can I get them back to normal? What causes this?

I noticed both of my big toenails aren't as clear as the others. How can I get them back to normal? What causes this?

Depends on the cause: Some causes of nail discoloration include trauma due to tight shoes, infection, and medication side effects. You should try wearing shoes with a higher wider toe box. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...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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