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What Should I Do About My Possible Dead Toe Nail
What should I do about a dead toe nail it hasn't looked normal in 3 years.... The nail is white and looks dead or taken over by some kind of bacteria.
See a podiatrist: You have options. The nail doesn't really serve a purpose. There are treatments which can remove the nail that is present and allow the potential of a new nail to grow back (assuming the root is not damaged) or you can opt to have the nail removed permanently. It is an in-office procedure with no down-time in many cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My toe nail fungus has progressed to very swollen feet and ankles with (dead skin?) or some solid white stuff popping out everywhere. need help! jim
Tophaceous Gout: Tinea unguium (fungal nail infection) is very unlikely to be involved in the swelling. I would work you up for high uric acid levels and send some of the 'white stuff' in for dark field microscopy (putting the sample in absolute alcohol and not formalin). Assuming this is gout, you need to be placed on a xanthine oxidase inhibitor to deal with the uric acid levels which cause gout. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm worried because my toe nail on my big toe got ripped off, im a little concerned about the condition, what do you suggest?
Help my big toe nail has been discolored for about 6 months now. At first it was reddish blue and now it's blackish bluish and a little green now.
Hematoma: It sounds like a subungual hematoma . This happens usually from injury from injury to toe. Reddish blue is most likely active bleeding and black is old. The green is concerning. It should be evaluated for healing/infection. There are some bacteria that turn things green so you should see a podiatrist to evaluate. Healing bruises also turn many colors. The bruise has to grow out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Staged treatment: Hi, they are a real nuisance- painful, prone to infection and cosmetically unappealing. 1-ensure you are cutting your nails properly. Straight and distal to the skin margin NOT short, curved and flush with skin. 2- nail care with a chiropodist generally settles things and is the next sensible step. 3- if this fails then a small operation to remove a wedge or all of the nail works. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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I have a friend who's big toe nail is about to come off. And she doesn't want anyone looking at her feet. What can I do to help?
Help without looking: I gather she will let you look! if it is almost off simlpy detach it where it is hanging and put on a bandaid if necessary. If it's not that simple just use a bandaid until it reaches that point or falls off. Seeing a podiatrist is probably her best bet. ...Read more
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?
Hi. My pinky toe nail is darker than all the other toes. I noticed this about 10 months ago. the nail itself looks like a blackand blue with no trauma?
In the line of fire.: Trauma comes in all flavors. The fact that the little toe is where it's at offers it more low grade, unassuming trauma than the other toes. It takes only a minimal amount of pressure, applied over a longer period to traumatize the nail, nail nail or nail root. Give it it some time and see what develops before suspecting something worse. To remove all doubt, send a picture and use concierge. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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