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Overlapping toenail?
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footphobic
Overlapping toenail?
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Hi doc,

I wear nail polish all the time, it's so natural to me that I barely look at my nails when applying and removing polish. So, whilst removing nail polish a couple of nights ago, I happened to catch a glimpse of my big toe nail, and I was horrified;

http://i46.tinypic.com/2h3bzur.jpg

There seems to be a discoloured, overlapping upper half to the middle of my toe? i just don't understand it. I don't know how long it's been like that. Its not even painful, but I need to know what it is and how it has happened! There's also a big brown/reddish lump on the left side of the same toe, you can probably just see it in the pic. That's also not painful, but I'm curious as to what that is too?

PLEASE HELP! :(

billy

wow. i wish i could help you with your diagnosis. good luck. could be infected. maybe a pharmacist can recommend a topical treatment . im not a doctor, but wish i was to help people like you ease their mind and get answers

ESplichal

Thank you for the question. Yellow discoloration in nails is common with prolonged nail polish use. Depending on the type of polish and color, the risk of nail discoloration can increase. Many nail polishes contain formaldehyde which can stain the nails yellow as well as make them brittle. The best thing you can do for your nails is take a break from the nail polish.

If the yellow discoloration persists, I recommend seeing a Podiatrist who can biopsy the nail to ensure that no fungus in present. If there is in fact fungus within the nail itself, there are topical and oral medications which can be prescribed to treat the infection. Good luck!

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footphobic

Im not too worried about the discolouration to be honest, it's more the 'overlapping' section, I just dont understand what's going on there and how something like that even happened without me even noticing or any discomfort!

ESplichal

Thank you for your follow up question. The line of overlap or demarcation in your nail is most likely associated with a period of trauma or injury to the nail matrix. Sickness, trauma and decreased nutritional status can all damage and negatively impact nail growth. Imagine the line of overlap is the nail trying to grow longer but there is a little wall blocking the actually forward growth of the nail, so the cells topple on top of eachother. Eventually this overlap in your nail will grow out and you should have a normal, flat nail!

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Dr. Emily Splichal
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