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Old 10-04-2007, 02:03 PM   #1
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black & blue toenails

what causes this and should I see a doctor if it continues

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Old 10-04-2007, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: black & blue toenails

Black & blue nails mean that you have a hematoma under the nail plate (a nail bruise.) Hematoma is caused by trauma to the nail plate from shoes that are too tight, pointy-toed shoes that squish your toes together, or from vigorous sports such as running, tennis, etc. A hematoma is simply the nail bed bleeding under the nail plate. Hematoma will result in the nail plate separating from the nail bed if there is a lot of blood present. The blood will build up between the nail bed and the nail plate and 'push' the nail plate from the nail bed and the nail will be loose. Yes, see your doctor because there is something you are doing to cause this, and he should check to be sure there is no infection present. Whenever the nail plate separates from the nail bed, it is the perfect avenue for fungal spores or bacteria to enter the site and turn into a full-blown infection.

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