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Big toe nail melanoma: should I see a podiatrist or dematologist?

Big toe nail melanoma: should I see a podiatrist or dematologist?

Melanoma treatment: My recomendation is neither. Melanoma if not treated properly or if advanced can be life threatening. I recommend seeing a surgical oncologist, plastic surgeon in particular along with a medical oncologist to follow you. ...Read more

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I hit my big toe a few months and it bled and my toe nail fell off a few days ago. It looks bad. Do I need to see a doctor about it?

I hit my big toe a few months and it bled and my toe nail fell off a few days ago. It looks bad. Do I need to see a doctor about it?

I would: Any injury substantial enough to avulse the nail may also have caused injury to the nailbed or fracture of the toe bone. A podiatrist can evaluate the injury, check for fracture or infection and recommend local care to speed healing. The fact that the injury was months ago may limit your options, but its always wise to have it checked. ...Read more

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Left foot. Big toe. Had a ingrown toe nail. Pulled it out. No problem, so I thought. Now I fected for more than 5 months. Went to doctor. Gave me 2 p?

Left foot. Big toe. Had a ingrown toe nail. Pulled it out. No problem, so I thought. Now I fected for more than 5 months. Went to doctor. Gave me 2 p?

Removal...: ...Is the only permanent solution. Just the painful border can be removed, or the entire nail if necessary. After removal you can let the border grow out again, or your doctor can use a chemical to stop the nail from regrowing. If you're concerned, don't perform bathroom surgery on yourself. That can lead to an infected ingrown toenail, which could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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When trimming my toenails about two weeks ago, I cut my big toe nail very short now I see a pink line. Could it be Bacterial Endocarditis or trauma?

When trimming my toenails about two weeks ago, I cut my big toe nail very short now I see a pink line. Could it be Bacterial Endocarditis or trauma?

Local infection?: I wouldn't think endocarditis based on that. But it could be a local infection. When we cut nails too short; or pull off too much, we can tug some skin out with the nail, leaving a cut that can allow for the introduction of bacteria. ...Read more

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Why is my big toe nail black?

Why is my big toe nail black?

Hematoma or melanoma: Most likely it is a hematoma or blood but there are rare cases of skin cancer, although very unusual in your age group.

If you did not injure it you need to get it checked. ...Read more

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Why the the big toe nail turn black?

Dried blood: Almost always it is because there was an injury causing bleeding under the nail. The dried blood will take months to grow out, the nail may fall off ...Read more

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Why does my big toe nail alway break in half?

Why does my big toe nail alway break in half?

See below: It is probably thin and brittle. Try using a clear nail polish to help it grow out.
If still a problem see a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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My big toe nail is falling off, what do I do?

If loose, remove it.: If you big toenail is falling off, it need to be removed. This way it is done in a controlled, painless manner, as opposed to be caught on a bedsheet or sock, which would tear it off. ...Read more

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What does a dark line on your big toe nail mean?

What does a dark line on your big toe nail mean?

Probably pigment: It most likely is non malignant melanonychia. The most serious would be a cancerous lesion, although this is very rare. There are many more probably reasons why your nail has this dark line. Please have it evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the big toe nail to grow back?

How long does it take for the big toe nail to grow back?

4-9 months: Anywhere between 4-9 months. I know that's a big range but your body is not a mechanical clock! ...Read more

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The part below my big toe nail hurts a lot, what could. It be?

The part below my big toe nail hurts a lot, what could. It be?

Many things: If the pain is at the proximal nail fold (skin at the base of the nail plate), you could have an infection, especially if it is red or draining. If the pain is further back near the joint, you could have a hyperextension injury or compensation, causing pain during walking or running. If this is the case, try a stiffer shoe, avoid barefeet, flip-flops or flexible shoes. ...Read more

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Big toe nail has partially detached. Leave it alone or remove it?

The part: That is lifted up can be trimmed.....So that there is no free edge to get caught on a sock.....Sometimes, hat free edge can be filed.....If unsure see a foot doc. ...Read more

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What can be done for having ripped your big toe nail half way off?

What can be done for having ripped your big toe nail half way off?

First aid: Keep area clean remove loose nail. Keep covered with neosporin. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my big toe nail is turn dark and getting very hard?

What does it mean if my big toe nail is turn dark and getting very hard?

Possible Fungus: This may be a sign that you have a fungus infection of the toenail (onychomycosis). You should have it checked by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a white line down the middle of my big toe nail what does this nean?

It is possible it: Is fungus but not necessarily. Having a nail biopsy helps determine etiology. ...Read more

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Why is my big toe nail coming off on 1 side and is a light brownish colour?

Why is my big toe nail coming off on 1 side and is a light brownish colour?

Subungual hematoma: Probably trauma to the nail from a shoe or banging against something. The brown color sounds like dried blood. That will also cause the nail to lyse or lift off ...Read more

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I have a dark little circle under my big toe nail, pretty worried. What could it be?

Dry blood: Hopefully just dry blood. If that is the case the little spot should grow out as the nail grows. Keep in mind it takes an average of nine months for the nail to grow from the base to the tip so it will take a long time. In extraordinarily rare circumstances it could be skin cancer. If so, it will not grow out with the nail. So watch to see if it is moving ou with the nail as the nail grows. ...Read more

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When pressing on the big toe nail how long should it normally take for return to normal color?

CapillaryRefillTime: You hit on a classic question we ask each other in the ER about patients!! It's called "capillary refill time" and is a fairly good, though not perfect, indication of how well the circulation is doing in the extremities. Normal is about two seconds, if it is longer it means poor circulation, from dehydration, severe bleeding, bad small vessels, or just nerves or cold weather. Some medical problems too ...Read more

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A drawer fell on my big toe and now underneath the toe nail is blackish blueish, what should I do?

A drawer fell on my big toe and now underneath the toe nail is blackish blueish, what should I do?

It depends: What you describe is a black toenail or subungal hematoma. This can be extremely painful and there can be pressure under the nail from continued bleeding. Most of the time the pain and throbbing improves with rest & ice. The discoloration improves with time as the blood stained nail grows out. However, if the pressure/pain continues or gets worse the hematoma must be drained by a doctor. ...Read more

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I tore half of my right big toe nail today. It is extremely painful and I don't know what to do. Please advise. Thank you.

Clip off broken part: Clip off any broken part of the nail, clean with peroxide, neosporin type antibiotic cream and cloth bandaide. Watch for any sign of infection. Could you have broken the toe? If so see a Podiatrist for an x-ray. ...Read more

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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?

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?

See a podiatrist...: If you choose not to, be sure to apply lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra cream (otc) to the exposed area until the nail grows back completely to reduce your risk of fungal nail infection afterwards. ...Read more

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I have a hard painful knot on the tip of my big toe like almost under my toe nail. Have had it for over a year but has now started hurting?

I have a hard painful knot on the tip of my big toe like almost under my toe nail. Have had it for over a year but has now started hurting?

R/O PLANTAR WART: Plantar warts are commonly found on feet and hands. The dark spot in the middle is the vascular supply. It can be treated with FREEZING/LASER/TOPICAL MEDICATION. Also it may be a corn or callus. Seek evaluation by a good podiatrist. ...Read more

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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.

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 more

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How do you treat an ingrown big toe nail?

Removal: Surgical removal is relatively easy in office procedure. See a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Ripped a bit of my big toe nail off. Is it going to get swollen?

Ripped a bit of my big toe nail off. Is it going to get swollen?

Possibly: You should let your doctor know you are having pain. He/she can examine you and possibly run tests to find out the cause. ...Read more