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Why are my toenails turning black?

Why are my toenails turning black?

Too little info: Too little info here...Could be many things from trauma to fungal issues...You need to see your family doc or a podiatrist for a good history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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What would be the reason for my toenails to be turning black. They are also becoming hollow underneath. What should I do?

What would be the reason for my toenails to be turning black. They are also becoming hollow underneath. What should I do?

Toenails: You probably have a fungus in your toemails. Many therapies are out there but soaking them in vineger twice a day and using some tinactin (tolnaftate) spray may help. ...Read more

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My husband, on pradax for af, is experiencing painful calves and toenails turning black. What's happening?

My husband, on pradax for af, is experiencing painful calves and toenails turning black. What's happening?

Pradaxa: These are not normal side effects according to their literature. Tiredness is listed . Either way , see your prescribing physician asap . Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes black toenail?

What causes black toenail?

Blood,fungus,other: The most common causes of black toenails are old blood from trauma and fungal infections. There are other dermatological and hematological causes, but they are not common. ...Read more

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What causes black and blue toenails?

What causes  black and blue toenails?

See a podiatrist: If you are runner, this is a common injury called "black toe syndrome" due to blood bruises under the nail plate. Other causes of black toenails are infections - either bacterial or fungal. Another cause may be from a fracture in the last bone of the toe. In any case, see a podiatrist who can examine and treat any of these conditions and recommend ways to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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What should I do with a black toenail?

What should I do with a black toenail?

Black toenail: Have it examined, & treat the cause, such as trauma. ...Read more

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What causes black lines in the toenails?

Various things: In people with skin of color it may be a normal variation. Skin growths may also cause them, both of the benign and malignant kind. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies for black toenails?

Black nails: Black nails can be caused by trauma from running and hitting your toes in the toe box. Another one could be a toe nail fungus called tinea nigra. You would need to be evaluated by a family doctor or a podiatrist. ...Read more

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