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Doctor insights on: What Is Causing My Toe Nail Bed To Become Increasingly Smaller

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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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Toe nail lifted from nail bed?

Toe nail lifted from nail bed?

Tape it in place: I take it that this was an injury. Sometimes the nail is loose completely and you can just remove the remainder. Sometimes it lifts up only partially, and is still fixed in some part. You can either just clean it and tape it in place till it falls off by itself, or have it removed under local by your doctor. ...Read more

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I broke my toe nail the middle one and it's almost coming off and the tear is on the nail bed and I don't know what I should do?

I broke my toe nail the middle one and it's almost coming off and the tear is on the nail bed and I don't know what I should do?

See a podiatrist: Buy some over the counter anti fungal drops, not cream, at th drug store and begin using this as directed on the nail bed. The nail needs to be cleanly removed, so your family doc or a podiatrist can do, this in sterile fashion, and inspect to insure you don't have other problems you missed in your exam. ...Read more

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I dropped something heavy on my toe nail. The nail fell off and a new nail started growing into the tip of my nail bed. It hurts. What should I do?

I dropped something heavy on my toe nail. The nail fell off and a new nail started growing into the tip of my nail bed. It hurts. What should I do?

Callus: The tip of the nail bed can sometime have a callus that interrupts the path of the nail growth. It may be prudent to trim away at the callus at the tip of the nail bed. However if the nail is now growing directly toward the base of the nail bed, then you may need to see your local podiatrist for specific treatment options. ...Read more

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What to do if I got a bruise under the toe nail bed?

What to do if I got a bruise under the toe nail bed?

Bruise: If there is pain, have the blood drained if there is no pain there is nothing to do. If you are unsure see your podiatrist. ...Read more

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My toenail has grown back strange. A mound of skin-like material is growing out of the nail bed. So the toe nail grows up and over the mound.

My toenail has grown back strange. A mound of skin-like material is growing out of the nail bed. So the toe nail grows up and over the mound.

Toe bone injury.: It sounds as though that "mound of skin" may be the result of injuring the toe bone just under the nail bed. Occasionally, the bone, when injured responds by a sudden growth spurt. As it grows upward, it raises the nail bed up and can cause a nail distortion as you have described. An r-ray will usually confirm the event. The treatment involves removing the boney spur. Known as subungual exostosis. ...Read more

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I have a circular black dot on/under my toe nail bed. It has been there for a couple of years and hasn't changed nor gotten any worse. Between skin/nail?

I have a circular black dot on/under my toe nail bed. It has been there for a couple of years and hasn't changed nor gotten any worse. Between skin/nail?

See specialist: Any area of discoloration that you are concerned about needs to be looked at in person or virtually. A biopsy is typically recommended, especially if there is a change in shape, color, texture or size. ...Read more

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Big toe nail came off 3years ago but grew back. It's tender and feels like it is going to fall off again. They is a Blister on the nail bed?

Big toe nail came off 3years ago but grew back. It's tender and feels like it is going to fall off again. They is a Blister on the nail bed?

Weakened Nail: Whenever a nail falls off and grows back, it has a greater chance of growing back weaker. The nail bed should have been treated with topical products and orally you should have taken biotin and zinc to strengthen the future nail. If there's a blister under the nail, it should be removed by a Podiatrist or Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Had ingrown toenail on big toe, removed it. Where toenail came off nail bed it won't grow back. I have half toenail on big toe. Why won't it grow back. Ty?

Had ingrown toenail on big toe, removed it. Where toenail came off nail bed it won't grow back. I have half toenail on big toe. Why won't it grow back. Ty?

In the Details.: Some toenail surgeries will allow the toenail to regrow. But, there are procedures that permanently stop the nail from regrowing. This variation is usually explained before the surgery is done and your consent given. Having said that, some times the nail root is stunted during the nail removal procedure. This can temporarily slow regrowth of the involved nail. You might check with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

Pinky toe nail brittle w/ dark streak. Fourth nail flaky, thick, half unattached from nail bed. Big toe thick nail. Taupe or blueish nails. Both feet?

See a: Podiatrist or dmatologist among some of the more common problems are fungus, bacteria, subungual keratinization. There are other possibilities but those are the three most common. (Each using different treatments.) ...Read more

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Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Right leg. The top tip of my big toe has constaint pain. The nail bed always hurts never goes away. Don't belive its gout or ingrown toenail. Help plz?

Many possibilities: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection (ingrown nail), metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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My toenail fell off at the nail bed last night. Should I go to the doc or can I take care of with home remedies? It may happen on other foot too.

My toenail fell off at the nail bed last night. Should I go to the doc or can I take care of with home remedies? It may happen on other foot too.

Depends: If there is not some pathological underlying cause that caused the nail to fall off and needs treatment, it is usually ok to wait. The nail will ultimately grow back but it can take even up to about three months to do so. ...Read more

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What are the dark stripes that run down the nail bed of fingers and toes called? What causes them?

What are the dark stripes that run down the nail bed of fingers and toes called? What causes them?

Be careful: If you have dark skin it's fairly common to find dark stripes running down your nails
this occurs in more than 77% of black people over the age of 20 and in most cases is perfectly normal

however it is not something to ignore dark stripes may sometimes be a form of skin cancer that affects the nail bed called subungual melanoma it's therefore important that your doctor checks it to rule melanom. ...Read more

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A small black dot on the side of big toe nail near the bed. About the size of the letter "o". No pain. Now another appearing. What could it be?

A small black dot on the side of big toe nail near the bed. About the size of the letter "o". No pain. Now another appearing. What could it be?

Best to Check.: Whenever small black dots start appearing, it is best to have them looked at by an experienced physician. Often times, they are nothing more than blood trapped under the skin, but to remove all doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off, what could be the cause?

My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off, what could be the cause?

Most likely Fungus: This sounds like a fungal infection of the toenail. There are various treatment options. Topicals don't work well, but may if you are aggressive with treatment. Oral medication may be needed. This conditiion may be caused by repetitive trauma. Have him see your local podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options. Dr l. ...Read more

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My toe nail has been bruised for nearly 3 months. What else could cause a bruised appearance?

My toe nail has been bruised for nearly 3 months. What else could cause a bruised appearance?

Black toe nail: The only serious problem you could have, that gives a black toe nail, would be a malignant melanoma on the nail bed beneath the nail. A bruised nail turns red, and then dark, and then resolves after a period of time, as the nail grows out. It may take more than 3 months for a bruised big toe nail to grow out, so it may pay to be patient and wait, or visit a dermatologist right away for help. ...Read more

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Are there any diseases that I can catch if someone's toe nail hits my foot and causes my foot to bleed?

Are there any diseases that I can catch if someone's toe nail hits my foot and causes my foot to bleed?

Unlikely: Most small cuts like this are harmless. This will heal itself if you can keep it clean and dry. You may use a band-aid to protect it from further injury. Watch it for any infection (if it is red or oozing pus) ...Read more

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What causes dark colored toe nail when nothing fell on it?

What causes dark colored toe nail when nothing fell on it?

Fungus can: Cause this, so can a melanoma.....You should have it examined, it could be blood as well. You can get blood from simply walking, the end of the shoe can hit against the edge of the toenail and cause a subungual hematoma. ...Read more

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Half of my toe nail is brown/black, what could be the cause?

Half of my toe nail is brown/black, what could be the cause?

Many things: Many things can cause discoloration of a toe nail. It could be blood resulting from a history of trauma or a fungal infection. I would advise seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist to rule out anything more serious, such as melanoma. ...Read more

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Without an injury my toe nail is separating from my toe, what could be the cause?

Without an injury my toe nail is separating from my toe, what could be the cause?

Onycholysis.: Actually, what your experiencing is not all that rare. The condition is known as "onycholysis". Multiple factors can be the cause of the loosening. Certain skin disorders, infection, injury and medications are the usual suspects. A thorough evaluation by a specialist should be able to narrow the list of causes and determine the prognosis. ...Read more

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About a month ago half my toe nail turned black. It hasn't gone away or even lessened. What's the cause and how to get back to normal color?

About a month ago half my toe nail turned black. It hasn't gone away or even lessened. What's the cause and how to get back to normal color?

Dry blood: It is very common to have bleeding under the toenail without an injury. Everyday walking causes pressure from the toenail hitting the shoe, which can cause tearing of the nail plate from the nail bed which will make the nail look black. In most cases this is self-limiting. However rarely this can be melanoma And needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can nail polish cause nail damage? Change in the color of the toe nail?

Probably not: But foot surgery, especially a cast, may well cause fungus or blood in a nail. You might wish to see a dermatologist. ...Read more