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Doctor, after using nail polish one of my friend got white cracking spot on her nails...So what should she do now?

Doctor, after using nail polish one of my friend got white cracking spot on her nails...So what should she do now?

See a doctor: Some nail procedures use a file to smooth the nail before applying the nail polish, gel, or acrylic. This can make the nail prone to breakage. There are other things that could be wrong too, and only an exam by a doctor would lead to a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Brown spot in nail?

Brown spot in nail?

More history: If recent, maybe trauma? Could also be a pigmented lesion, ranging from a benign mole to a melanoma! so, need more history; how long there, trauma? ...Read more

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I hit my nail and it is just a litle pored. On one spot my nail dent a lile but it is not change color.

I hit my nail and it is just a litle pored. On one spot my nail dent a lile but it is not change color.

Please use an: Ice pack for 10 minutes 3x a day. Rinse with soap and water 3x aday. If not allergic, a dose of Ibuprofen might help with the pain. ...Read more

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I accidentally hurt my gum with my nail....Now its a white spot and burning me...What could I do?

I accidentally hurt my gum with my nail....Now its a white spot and burning me...What could I do?

Salt water rinse: Initially I would use warm salt water rinses 2 or more times a day. The white may be a sign of healing but if it is not getting better see a dentist to make sure it is not infected and require an antibiotic. ...Read more

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At the nail shop, I notice a small greenish spot under my big toenail. (•) Weeks later it got a tad bigger (●) No pain. What could this be?

At the nail shop, I notice a small greenish spot under my big toenail. (•) Weeks later it got a tad bigger (●) No pain. What could this be?

A number of things: The toe nail is tightly adhered to the nail bed most of the time, but slight separations can allow bacteria and fungus to reside there. This is usually not a major issue, depending upon your symptoms. A bacteria known as Psuedomonas Aeruginosa has such a pigment and can show up in a number of places, even a bar of soap. If symptoms presents, simple treatment includes Antibioics and topicals. ...Read more

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I have non itchy pink spotes on my toes and fingers around nails?

I have non itchy pink spotes on my toes and fingers around nails?

Eczema/fungal: It could be an inflammatory skin condition or a fungal infection of the skin. Either condition can be non itchy. Topical medication can be prescribed ...Read more

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I have a tiny black spot under my nail left thumb, what can it be?

I have a tiny black spot under my nail left thumb, what can it be?

Subungual hematoma: A small amount of bleeding under the nail will leave a small black area - these usually grow out gradually over time as the nail grows. ...Read more

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Blue faded small spot on right toe nail there is no pain just a spot what could it be?

Blue faded small spot on right toe nail there is no pain just a spot what could it be?

Honky Tonk blues...: Blue spots, faded or not, can represent a small amount of blood either trapped under the nail or sluggishly moving near the surface of the skin. If there is not enough to irritate a nerve, then there will be no pain. Another school of thought is that it just might be a faded blue, painless small spot on the right toe nail. ...Read more

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Black tiny spot on my small toenail. I cut the nail portion off and dark spot came off with the nail. But left a pinkish wound on the skin. Wat is it?

Black tiny spot on my small toenail. I cut the nail portion off and dark spot came off with the nail. But left a pinkish wound on the skin. Wat is it?

Open vs closed sore: Somehow the skin was injured. It bled and that is why the nail had a dark spot. It was just blood. If the pink spot is still draining, you have a small ulcer that needs topical antibiotic and band aid. If there is no drainage, it is new skin and healing. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a small black spot under my toe nail. What could it be?

What to do if I have a small black spot under my toe nail. What could it be?

Many things: It is probably a dry spot of blood but if no history of trauma I would see a podiatrist for exam. ...Read more

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I have a black spot under my toe nail and it moves when I press on the nail. What is it?

I have a black spot under my toe nail and it moves when I press on the nail. What is it?

May be bleeding: You may have blood under the nail. This can happen after trauma, either a direct injury or from a repetitive trauma (shoe irritation). The will usually resolve as the nail grows out. If questions see your podiatrist. Fyi:there are cases where cancerous lesions can occur under the nail. This usually is a lesion under the nail that has not moved for months and is not moveable with pressure. Dr l. ...Read more

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Blue spot under nail bed, getting larger, causes sharp radiating pain. Google says glomus tumor?

Possibly: Glomus tumors under the nail bed are blue appearing lesions caused by blood vessels that when placed under cold water enhance their pain. They can be confused with a traumatic episode to the nail bed where a small hematoma forms. Where the glomus does not usually enlarge, a hematoma does and when of concern can be partially drained by opening a paper clip, heating one end and penetrating the nail ...Read more

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My left thumb there's a tiny black spot at the bottom of the nail and cutical (skin).What can it be?

My left thumb there's a tiny black spot at the bottom of the nail and cutical (skin).What can it be?

It depends on size: If it is tiny, you can watch it for any further growth. Unless it is changing in size and color, it may not be anything. Keep an eye on it for 4-6 months and watch if it changes or not. ...Read more

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I have a reddish brown spot on my nail bed, by the cuticle. I do not remember hitting it at all. Any ideas?

I have a reddish brown spot on my nail bed, by the cuticle. I do not remember hitting it at all. Any ideas?

Subungual hematoma: Most likely a small bleeding under the nail called subungual hematoma, which usually resolves without treatment. It could be caused by subtle minor injury. ...Read more

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Three years ago I had a mole slightly raised and I removed it by my nails but now there is a dark spot. Help?

Three years ago I had a mole slightly raised and I removed it by my nails but now there is a dark spot. Help?

You need a medical e: A doctor's examination is a must as any black or brown lesion which is growing, changing or comes back again indicates possible cancer (melanoma) which is a dangerous cancer to fool around with it as you ahve done by using your nails to reomove it. ...Read more

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I noticed a small dark spot underneath my big toe nail for weeks. It's not growing but still there. Is this something to be concerned about?

I noticed a small dark spot underneath my big toe nail for weeks. It's not growing but still there. Is this something to be concerned about?

Exam needed: A new dark spot under the nail can have several causes, including bruising from minor trauma and melanoma. More information and an examination are needed to sort this out. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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Sticky stuff has remained around the spot where the C-section dressing was done. What can I use to remove it. Midwife suggested nail remover? OK?

Sticky stuff has remained around the spot where the C-section dressing was done. What can I use to remove it. Midwife suggested nail remover? OK?

Adhesive: That adhesive is really tenacious stuff. Nail polish remover will work, just be sure to not to get it on your incision. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have noticed a black spot/line on right toe nail. Nail is still smooth and no pain it is just that spot he has never had any toe issues before?

Probably fine.: Most black spots are a result from trauma to the toe. Blood may be trapped under the nail and, in time, it may turn black. Of course, there could be other reasons. A more focused examination might be in order if there is no history of hurting the toe. An experience clinician should have no problem in discerning the difference. ...Read more

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I have 1 spot in each big toenail and is purple/red color the spots are gettin darker and it don't hurt at all Both are By the same place of the nail?

I have 1 spot in each big toenail and is purple/red color the spots are gettin darker and it don't hurt at all Both are By the same place of the nail?

Fungus: With no history of injury, it is most likely a fungal infection. There are other possible causes as well. I would not hesitate to be seen and treated for it. ...Read more

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Hi, I am noticing a change in my thumb nail since 1month, it has become beaded, flaky & today I see a black spot at bottom. What could be the reason?

Hi, I am noticing a change in my thumb nail since 1month, it has become beaded, flaky & today I see a black spot at bottom. What could be the reason?

Sounds like a fungus: Infection, unless you have had an injury which you don't mention. Sometimes injuries are followed by fungus infections. If the black spot enlarges or it becomes painful, you should be seen. If not, it is usually not dangerous though unsightly. Certain lasers can cure such infections. Most topical treatments are not effective and oral treatments also not too effective and have side effects. ...Read more

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There is a blue/black spot under my big toenail and I don't know what it is. I removed my nail polish today and saw it, and am now very concerned.?

There is a blue/black spot under my big toenail and I don't know what it is. I removed my nail polish today and saw it, and am now very concerned.?

Photo documentation.: A black/ blue spot under the nail in a 16 year old is probably nothing more than a bit of dried blood trapped under the nail. This could be the consequence of a minor bump of the toe of a pressure injury. Without actually seeing it, I guess it could be something else, but I doubt it. To remove all concern, you might have a physician take a look at it. ...Read more

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I have a black spot under both of my big toe nails. What can cause black spots under my big toe?

Subungual: Hematoma or blood under the nail is a possibility. Splinter hemorrage is also possibility. Melanoma can present this way but fact yu have it on both big nails would render this possibility as less likely. ...Read more

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Since few years got on my both toe nails a sort of black spot. Could not understand what that is. (melanome) blood in nail!

Since few years got on my both toe nails a sort of black spot. Could not understand what that is. (melanome) blood in nail!

Dark spots on nails: Moles in nail matrix can give brown or grey longitudinal streaks in nails. So can melanoma. If a new pigmented streak develops, particularly if it is unevenly colored or varies in width, it must be biopsied to rule out melanoma. Nail fungus or inflammation like lichen planus can give dark spots. So can certain medications. Blood under nails doesn't last several years. Please have this evaluated. ...Read more

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About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

About 5 mm black spot on my toenail. It's on the white part (the nail where it grows). The spot grew bigger upward in 2 day. Could it be melanoma?

Trauma?: Do you remember any trauma to the toenail? A collection of blood underneath the toenail can also appear like this. The safest thing to do is to show this to your friendly dermatologist. While it would be rare of a 20 year old to have a melanoma, it does happen occasionally.

Remember to protect your skin. Limit your exposure to UV radiation. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 ...Read more

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Had nail polish on toes for a few months. I removed it, and on my big toe is a big brown spot either on or under my toenail (can't tell), what is this?

Had nail polish on toes for a few months. I removed it, and on my big toe is a big brown spot either on or under my toenail (can't tell), what is this?

This happens: Sometimes from the nail polish. I would not reapply any polish, I would also prophylacticaly apply a topical anti fungal agent. Even, tea tree oil would be good. ...Read more

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Discovered one white spot with some black flecks under my big toe nail. I don't know how long it has been there, as I've had nail polish for months.

Discovered one white: White discoloration usually comes from fungal infection, black could be from fungal infection/dry blood/very rarely skin cancer. It is best to see a podiatrist to get examined, possibly cut back the toenail and get sample of the nail for culture and possibly biopsy of the skin under the toenail, if needed. ...Read more

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I have a small black spot that appeared after a pedicure under my big toe nail, what could this be?

I have a small black spot that appeared after a pedicure under my big toe nail, what could this be?

Hematoma: Probably a small collection of blood underneath your nail. Nothing to worry about. Bigger ones will 'move' toward the periphery of your nail as your nail grows... Then u can cut it off w/ your nail clipper!! ...Read more

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What could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? It appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

What could a small black and purple spot just above my pinky toe nail be? It appeared about 2 months ago and is not raised on the skin.

See a podiatrist: There are many things a black to purple spot can be. It could be a bruise, blood blister, a mole, or some other skin lesion. I would recommend seeing a podiatrist or dermatologist. Either should be able to examine and make a determination as to whether the lesion should be biopsied, removed, or left alone. Ole. ...Read more