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Who To See For A Big Toe Nail Problems
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
My big toe nail was bruised and is now falling off. The nail is about 50 % detached the part that is stuck hurts. Should I see primary or podiatrist?
Podiatrist: Or dermatologist. If you can, cut the nail back as far as you can. ...Read more
Skin near my big toe is swollen and red but it does not look like a growing in toe nail. What doctor should I go to see?
A: Surgeon or a foot doctor podiatrist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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?
My big toenail on my right foot is white. Why is this? It's just this nail. Fyi, my toes also go cold and purple when I sit down. What's my problem?
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
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
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
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
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
First aid: Keep area clean remove loose nail. Keep covered with neosporin. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
The part below my big toe nail in the right hurts its been like that for five years after I fell from a third floor?
Have it evaluated.: Have it evaluated for nail trauma or an underlying bony prominence. ...Read more
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.
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 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?
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
Single, clear ridge on big toe nail. Showed up overnight. None of the other toes have it. Extends from bottom of nail to top. Could it be from injury?
It is: Possible it occured from injury, yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
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