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Nail Problems

Fungal infection in the toenail

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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!

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I had toe nail surgery I got both the toe nails removed but since then they have grew back but very small I get quite embarrassed over this and have to wear fake toe nails but they are a bit of a nusiance is there anything else I can do?





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I have nail fungus on my third toe and no matter what antibiotics I use it doesn't go and instead I started losing my hair. I stopped the medication and my hair is staying now but the nail won't heal :(





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Hi there, i have an unusual nail that keeps growing and splitting in the middle of the nail and i could pick at it to which i did once but that made it worse as i could feel more sensitivity underneath. I don't understand why i have one nail that does this. it grows lumpy like little mountains/ridges is the only way to explain it across the nail. It's my thumb nail and on my right hand side. Rest of my nails are fine apart form this one. I did shut it in a door when i was a teenager but that was like 15 years ago. It did grow funny after that happened but now its splitting. I was on medication for depression but that was over a year ago i stopped taking them and now this happens. My diet hasn't changed so i don't know what to do.





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Hello l have a light brown line running through my small nail on my left hand, I've had it for some time now and it really bugs me. There is no pain or any issues with it apart from the discolouration. I've looked on Internet and lots of posts are pointing to nail cancer which is very worrying. I have also been to the doctors about this and he said I could of knocked it to change the skin pigment, which I have no memory of doing so. It's worrying as the doctor just looked at it and didn't take a sample ( not sure if he should of ). But any information would be nice to hear





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I would insist on a referral to a dermatologist if I were you - it's difficult to comment without seeing it, but that pattern is typical of a subungual melanoma. There are plenty of harmless causes also and it is most likely one of these but it needs to be assessed by an expert.

Hey iv had a problem with my finger nails for years they are very soft and break easily. If i have and itch and scratch that can make them break, putting clothes on they break basically everything i ro they split and its resulting in me cutting them right down and they still spkit which then they become very sore and its effecting my everyday life. Iv tried so much to help strengthen them but nothing has worked so far. Any advice would be much appreciated :)





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I have a small purple spot under my thumb nail for years (I've never hurt or damaged my nail) if pressure is applied to the nail or if I just knock it slightly or my hands get cold I get excruciating pain in my thumbnail. What could this be?





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My middle finger is exactly the same I am in agony right now and haven't even touched it. Even strong pain relief does nothing. What is it. Mine is getting worse had it for about twenty years now.

OMG, I can't believe someone else has the same thing as me. Everyone I know thinks I'm nuts, but it truly hurts if my thumb is touched wrong or my hands get too cold. My primary care physician made me get carpal tunnel testing (which hurt!). Of course it's not carpal tunnel, so she finally said maybe it was a small, cancerous tumor. I literally laughed in her face and said it was the slowest growing tumor ever then since I've had it for like 18 years. She told me to go to a dermatologist, but I haven't since it took me forever to pay off my $1,200 pointless carpal tunnel testing. I just wish I knew what caused this and how to fix it. I'm so tired of accidentally hurting myself.

I've suffered with fungal nails on my toes for as long as i can remember, it's become that bad it is now on every toe nail. Ice been the doctors several times over the years and used different lacquers but nothing seems to work, my nails are also sometimes really painful which hurts when 8 walk in shoes and I'm so embarrassed Ive never even let my partner see my feet, I sleep in socks and have never been able to wear sandals or go in the pool on holiday I'm that worried about people looking at my feet.





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I banged my nail a few years ago. I now have a red line running down my nail and a growth has grown under my nail. This growth becomes painful when knocked. Does anyone have any idea what this is and how it can be treated. Thanks.





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I think it's another nail growing underneath but I'm not entirely sure, maybe check with the doctor.

Hiya, Both of my big toe nails are black and blue underneath, felt bruised for a while but now they are sometimes sore but I don't know what it could be and worry about them falling off. There's no smell and no real pain. Help Thanks





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I have had fungal nails for at least five years, I have tried everything.. I am so embarrassed by it would just love some lovely toe nails.. I am obsessed looking at lovely toe nails in sandals.. I'm at my wits end with it now 😢





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