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Why Is My Toenail Grey
Gray Nails: One possible cause of blue-gray nail discoloration is using the drug minocycline. This broad-spectrum antibiotic has been found to turn nails a light blue-gray color. However, there are many other causes of nail discoloration as well, including fungal infection, chronic diseases and the use of various medications. Contact your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Discolored toenail: You should see a dermatologist. The doctor will evaluate the type of coloration. Is it related to a medicine that you take (usually several nails). Is it a surface pigment from socks that rub with a shoe on only one toe? Is it a sport injury such as joggers toe with subtle bruising, or is it a pigmented streak underneath the nail that can be a serious problem. Please see your doctor right away. ...Read more
All flannel aside.: Although there could be quite a few reasons for the toe to change to a grey color, I find that it happens when the nail becomes separated from the nail bed. Air gets under the nail and a grey or grey white color is seen. To remove all doubt, you need to consult with a specialist. ...Read more
I have a toenail that was painful nd dark gray colored, i looked under it and discovered it wasnt attached to the nailbed and was brown, what do i do?
Truama or fungal nai: Discoloration may be due to fungal nail changes causing excessive sublingual debris vs trauma induced. For example certain activities may cause bleeding under the nail or dry blood. If in the tip and drains out it causes automatic desertion of the nail. If no sorrow ding redness or swelling it's not urgent but should be looked at. Likely cause usually fungal nail or trauma ...Read more
Possible hematoma: You may have an injury under the toenail which is causing the pain but has also created a blood blister (hematoma) under the nail plate. If the nail isn't already loose, you can see a podiatrist who could help drain the nail and/or avulse (remove) it safely as well as examined for an injury. ...Read more
Shoe pressure?: Could be a sub ungul hematoma caused by shoe style. ...Read more
My toenails are a grey black what does it mean and touching the toenails hurt i also have light streaks down my index finger?
Ever since work, my toenail (or skin under the nail) has turned a light grey and has been painful, should I be worried?
Podiatry: Encourage podiatric evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Push'in too hard.: Nothing says aching like pressure, especially in the toenail area. The solution is to isolate the cause of the pressure and relieve it. The amount of discomfort it is causing, will dictate the level of treatment. It is hard it evaluate the condition without actually seeing and touching it, but my guess is the nail might need an x-ray, to check for bone issues, before lifting the nail gently off. ...Read more
My foot was run over by a car abt 7 days ago. Just yesterday my big toenail turned grey/purple and is lifting on the side. Is there anything I can do?
See a podiatrist: You may need the nail removed if there is significant bleeding under the nail and/or a laceration to the nail bed. You might need an xray to see if there is a fracture. ...Read more
My left big toe nail is a gray color and there's a darker line right at the end of my toenail before you get to the white part. There's no pain either?
Loose nail...: I can't be sure, but it sounds as though the nail is loosely attached to the bed or not attached at all. To remove all doubt, have your toe evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more
I cut my toenail and discovered that there is a grey swollen bubble and a very sore and tender red flap of skin which wasnt a result of the cutting?
How's that described: I've examined a lot of toes in my days, but I never heard the "grey swollen bubble" description before. The sore and tender red flap of skin sounds like partially epithelialized granulation tissue. This is probably from the nail irritating the skin at the nail border. This is easy to rectify by an experienced foot specialist. There is no sense in suffering, see a specialist. ...Read more
Big toenail is brownish gray and the skin is cracked with open sores an in the nail bed now has traveled to hands what is wrong?
See your doctor: For an evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
Trimmed toenails-noticed dark grey raised spot next to big toenail-slight pain, think it was ingrown nail. Trimmed off spot of skin, it bled a bit, blood went deep, and a tiny bit of clear liquid (pus?). Cleaned w/isop. alcohol + bandaid. Infected?
Probably: It does sound like an ingrown toenail, which usually does involve infection. The corner of the nail grows into the skin edge and burrows in causing infection. If it is mild, you can sometimes keep the nail edge elevated out of the skin and it can grow past the area. If that does not work, probably would be good to be seen. ...Read more
My girlfriend complains about her feet being cold constantly so when i looked at her foot portion of the bottom was gray what does this mean?
My husband has a grey dot on his foot it does not hurt or itch or peel he started to grow another one it coming from the inside of his foot.
Wart?: You may consider it being a plantar wart which often look gray and can increase in size without pain or itching. If he's growing another one, he may be reinfecting himself as it is caused by a virus. You can try over the counter wart removal products like salicylic acid or bichloracetic acid or self-freezing kits. Or you can have your doctor look at it and possibly freeze it with liquid nitrogen ...Read more
One of my toe nails has turned grey. I haven't hurt it or anything, and i can't remember how long its been like this for. Should I do anything about it?
Why not have it : Checked out for peace of mind? See a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more
Inbetween , y left middle and "ring" tow are 2 grey looking "blisters" they seemed to grow over night. Assuming athletes foot? Hurts to stand on foot
My two big toe nails have changing grey color, one is horizontally and the another is on the side. Is it normal or something serious to fear...
What, me worry.....: Unless the nail change is due to trauma, which is unlikely, it is not normal. The only thing needed to fear is, that if you do not start early treatment, the condition could become more difficult to cure. It is more than likely some sort of an infection that can be verified by simple laboratory testing. If required a medication can start you on your way to resolution. ...Read more
The top of my mom foot is swollen and has bump on it. She cannot move her toes and it is a kinda gray color. It hurts to touch or something touching.
Gray toenail: This should have nothing to do with beta blockers. Did you injure the toenail? ...Read more
Stripes: If all the nails have this it is probably not serious. If one nail has it, it might need to be looked at. Many medical conditions effect the toenails so i would need your medical history to see if anything else is causing this problem. ...Read more
I got a bleach burn on the top of my foot 2 nights ago, it is red swollen and has spots where it's silver/gray. What can I do? Should i go to hospital
Yes, see the doc!: Based on your description, it sounds like the burn you have is deep and is exposing the underlying skin. The biggest risk you face at this point is infection. It may explain the redness. Without proper treatment, this can worsen. Go to the hospital! ...Read more
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