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Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is otherwise known as onychomycosis. The typical symptom observed is the changes in the appearance of the nail. The affected nail becomes thick, brittle, distorted in shape with yellow-brown discoloration. This condition is caused by dermatophytes, yeast, and non-dermatophyte molds. Systemic antifungal agents help in treating this condition.

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Why is there a color change, and my toenail detached from the skin beneath it?

Query: Hello doctor, There is some problem with my toenails. My big toe nail has turned brownish and yellowish in color on the bottom and sides. Also, that part of the nail seems to be dead, and I can detach it from the skin beneath it. I play sports regularly, and the shoes are tight and sometimes hurt ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I reviewed the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) and this onychomycosis, a fungal nail infection. I would suggest the following medicines: Anti-fungal (Terbinafine or Itraconazole) and to...  Read Full »

How to cure the appearance of a pigmented line in my fourth toenail?

Query: Hi doctor, I have got a pigmented line in my fourth toenail. It started as a freckle that was tan in color quite quickly over four or five months it has turned darker. It is not growing out but spreading in width. The bottom left part of my skin and cuticle area is very itchy at times and it feels t...  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have examined the submitted details (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and will do my best to help you overcome the problem. Close examination shows the dark band appearance that is often seen in individuals who get an infection due to a fungus. T...  Read Full »

Kindly help to cure the toe infection of my father, who has diabetes.

Query: Hello doctor, My father has had an infection between his toes for the last 20 days. He has diabetes. His fasting blood sugar is 190 mg/dL, and his post-prandial blood sugar is 320 mg/dL. We took a doppler test for his infection, and it came back normal. For the last week, we are using Sertaconazole...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest that he can apply Mupirocin ointment twice daily for 15 days and take tablet Roxid 150 mg (Roxithromycin) twice daily after food for five days. Clean the lesion with Povidone iodine and cotton, kindly keep the area clean and dry and avoid scratching and rub...  Read Full »

My left toenail has stopped growing. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed that my toenail was not growing four months back. I started using tea tree oil and nail polish after that, and it did not help. I suspect I have a fungal infection on my left toe. Could you please help me with the treatment? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I suspect it is a fungal infection of the nail. Please answer the following questions. What is your occupation? Are you usually involved in any work that keeps your feet wet for a prolonged period? Do you do gardening? Did you cause any injury to your toe? Are you diabe...  Read Full »

I have itchy and swollen eyes after using an electric nail grinder on my toenails. Can antifungal eye drops cure them?

Query: Hello doctor, I have itchy and swollen eyes. It happened after I used an electric nail grinder on my toenail fungus. Can you prescribe antifungal eye drops? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shikha Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please explain your systemic condition. Are you diabetic or hypertensive? I request you to share a picture of your eyes and toenail. Thank you.  Read Full »

What to do for black toenail?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old female. I just realized I have a black spot on my toenail on the left foot. I wonder what to do. Is it cancer or just blood clot? I do not remember hitting my foot anywhere, and it is not painful. It is a two to three mm black spot. I am currently taking iron and vit...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have any minor trauma? Excess contact with water? Are you a diabetic or any chronic illness? Do you have any drug history? Differential diagnosis are fungal infection (onychomycosis) and subungual melanosis. Use 5 percent Amorolfine nail lacquer four times a w...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for recurrent fungal infection in toenail.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a fungal infection on my toe nail. I showed it to a doctor about a year ago and I was given medicine. It was almost cured and a little portion of my nail was yet to be cured completely. But then I stopped taking the medicines due to some reason and then slowly it has again...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, tell me about your age. How many days did you took the medicine, as the treatment for toe nail fungal infection is of 12 weeks? Are you a diabetic as it is a frequent cause of fungal infection? Kindly response to these queries, only then I would be abl...  Read Full »

I have a brown or dark patch on my toe nail. What is that?

Query: Hello doctor, Brown patch or dark spot in the toenail. I noticed a brown patch or dark spot in my toenail. This is the only toe that is having this issue. I have not had any itching yet on this foot (maybe a little on the other foot, but no dark spots). I would like to know the cause of this and tre...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How long it has been there?   Read Full »

I noticed a small black spot on my toenail. Do I have melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 21 years old. Today I noticed a small black spot on my toenail, I did a little research and found out that it might be a melanoma cancer, but also it could be a fungus infection. After a bit more research, I noticed that an unusual cystic pimple between my chest that I have had for...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The thing on the chest looks more of a sebaceous cyst, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) which comes and goes even if you pop out the contents as it needs to be excised completely to prevent the recurrence. For the toenail sp...  Read Full »

One of my toenails is brittle with a light brown spot. Can it be melanoma?

Query: Hi doctor, One of my toenails is brittle and has a light brown spot on it. There is no spot on the skin, as when I cut the nail, it had the spot on itself. I have attached the image. Please help me, as I have learned that it may be melanoma. I also have tinea. Could it be related to that?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I examined your image (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). With your descriptions and a given image. It seems you have onychomycosis. Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the toenails or fingernails that may in...  Read Full »

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