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Conditions

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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Hi I have had a problem with my big toe for a few years now, it started to discolor back then and when I had cut it, it has not grown since and I cannot clean under it. What could it be? Does that nail need to come off by a professional?





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I have a bruise like mark on my nail, it's been their over a year. I have mentioned it to my dr a few times but he's not really sure & fobs it off as a bruise. But it's not going away and I get lots of hand/wrist pains also :0(





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When i was younger on two seperate occasions i had trauma to both pf my big toenails. For the last 3 years i have been going backwards and forwards from the doctors as my nail bed became inflamed and my toenails have gone yellow, each time been treated for a nail infection however now when my nails grow they fracture Horizontally across both nails which i have been to the doctors about and they havent done anything about it just sent me away now my nails are starting to go black and loosen which ive gone to the doctors about with no progress and o now have no idea what to do. Any suggestions?





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My daughter age only 13 i feel has been let down by our doctor as sadly after 3 years of a very severe nail infection on 4 of her toes . just recently they decided to refer her to a podiatrist whom has told her she need all these nails removed :( she and myself are devastated! is there not another option? really am desperate and would appreciate any help/advice





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I have had to have two of my own toenails removed by a podiatrist. It is nothing to worry about - the procedure lasts only about half an hour and the toe nails will start to grow back after a while. It is done under a local anaesthetic so she will not feel a thing once that kicks in :)

I have nail fungus on several toe nails. The GP prescribed tablets but I developed a serious allergy to the medicine. What alternatives are there?





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Both of my big toe nails got ugly due to wearing closed shoes :( and I went to the dr. and I got only one nail removed, he said is not recommended to remove both nails at the same time. Ok so I got it removed and today is been 3 days and I think it got infected because it has like white tiny bubbles, idk if that's normal or not because it just happened recently. But it hurts :(





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I had my big toenails removed on both feet when I was 15. Thought it was the right thing to do at the time. The nail bed was killed so I never had any proba occur in the future... As time has gone by I've grown to regret this decision as I now have a big problem of wearing open toe shoes. I desperately want my nails back. False ones are not the answer as the hike doesn't hold to the skin for long enough. Surely with all the brill things surgeons do these days there is a solution to my prob. It's not the biggest problem in the world granted. But it's knocked my confidence. Especially in the warmer weather. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. Many thanks





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my nail grows as a stump... i always file it flat then it grows back out.. can this be cured????





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I have an ingrown toenail that's infected that I'm taking tablets for. It looks like the infection is going away a bit but my toe feels worse is it normal? And also how do you know if the infection is spreading because my leg is sort of aching behind my shin but I don't know whether it's just growing pains or something? (I'm 14)





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For about 3-4years or so now I've had problems with my toe nails it started when I hurt my big toe and the nail went black and bruised underneath... As the bruise started to grow out the nail left was yellow/white very discoloured. It has since spread to my other big toe and I've had problems with half the nail even coming away from the base... Like grown up with a ridge across the toe! I went to the doctors and they took samples and sent them off.... The reply "it's not fungal nail, it's trauma to the toe and will go" 2 years later I'm still trying every product off the shelves to try and help... At my wits end!





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I've had the exact same thing happen but it spread to my middle & little toe, god knows how many years later now and still got it :(





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