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Nail Problems

Fungal infection in the toenail

Perfectly manicured nails are every woman’s dream. Well, except for those who are besieged by all manner of toe and fingernail complaints. And men, you’re at risk too! These problems range from fungal nail infections to white spots, or an ingrown toenail. Either antibiotics or the gentle removal of the offending nail spike by a podiatrist will usually treat an ingrown toenail. Infected nails on the other hand (no pun intended), can be white, yellow, green or black and may look distorted, thicken or crumble. As they won’t go away on their own, it may be better to talk to your GP who will pin point the exact cause and offer suitable treatment. To avoid such problems all together, you should give your feet plenty of air, because warmth and sweat only encourage fungi growth. Another condition, Koilonychia or ‘spoon–shaped’ nails usually indicates an iron deficiency. So women everywhere, take note: if you just paint them, you’ll only be painting over the cracks!

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on fungal foot infections >

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on ingrown toenails >

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I have what appears to be a lump on the knuckle nearest the nail on my middle finger - it may be fluid, but it has caused the nail to have a pronounced dent along its length, what could this be and is it curable please?





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About a year ago i noticed that my little toe nail had a tinge of black to it. My first thought was that i hadnt removed my nail varnish properly. Today i looked again and the colour was really black so i cut my toenail down to get rid of it. But it is my nail bed which is black and its getting worse. I did some research and im worried it could be nail cancer. Please help.





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Hi , what treatment, ointments , creams would you recommend for fungal ( big toe ) nail Many Thanks





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I have problem with my big toe nails and also the next big toe on both feet. The nail seems to be detached from the skin beneath them for at least half of the nail. I have had my nail trimmings assessed for fungal growth which has turned up negative. I am embarrased to show my feet in public and always wear socks when wearing sandals. Can anyone help please.





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Go to salon they can overlay, not a tip just overlay until they come grow out . About $5.00 a toe , you just have to keep doing it until the nail has completely grown back.





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My thumb nails seem to have the skin at the top growing over the nail stopping any growth and the nail seems to be shrinking in size. The skin then cracks and leaves sore dry skin





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Hi I would like to share my story, firstly a few years ago I had stubbed my big toe"s not at the same time, anyway both nails died and I had cut off the dead nails, over time the new nails grew, but not straight, more curved leaving a gap, due to this I started having ingrown nails, I was afraid of going to doctors and thoughts of surgery, so I opted going for a manicure instead, In the beginning was fine but then I would get pain again from the ingrown nails I would make appointments every two weeks as my big toes would be painful and bleed, on going to get my big toes done the beautician noticed I had puss under one of the ingrown nails, I could not stand the pain no longer and finally went to see a foot specialist, thinking the worst of having an operation, but thankfully that was not the case... He simply filed my toe nails down to reduce thickness of the nails, then like a genius used a tungsten wire cut to the right length according to the width of my nail and used a glue stick headed gun and glued the two ends of the tungsten wire, he placed the wire in line where the nail would become ingrown, I had this done on both big toes, I made appointments to see him over a three month period where he filed my nails and cleaned the edges now many months on I have good nails again and no ingrown toe nails, I took pics before and after as a reminder lol.. So with him making my to nails thinner they were more flexi and the wire could lift up the nails straight to stop them digging in. Hope this helps and maybe some people won't need fake nails or surgery...





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I have a thumb nail on my left hand that seems to be lifting and quite painful. My mum had this too. Is it some sort of syndrome.? My mum seemed to think it was.





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My finger nails have started turning white and ready to clip off a little too soon I cliped them one day and they havent grown but it aears my nails are slowly dying inwards what could this be?





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I have a dark vertical line running down my nail on my middle finger on my right hand. I have scared myself looking it up on Google however my Dr says its nothing. I have no pain there and no limps at the base of the nail bed. I am white british and 24 years of age.





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