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Is this toenail fungus or possibly something else?

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by CJLongBeach, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. CJLongBeach

    CJLongBeach New Member

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    I'm a 30 year old male and I'm wondering what could be wrong with my toenail. About two weeks ago I noticed a red horizontal band going across the toenail on my big toe from underneath the nail. I assume this is from some type of trauma but I simply can't remember if I dropped anything on my toe or not, I have a bad memory. It wasn't like a red spot, but a perfect shaped band going across from one to the other. After examining the red band a few days later, I noticed there was a white ridge (raised and brittle to the touch) that was also going across the toenail, but this seemed to be mostly on the outside or external of the nail while the red band was on the inside. The red band was in the nail bed area and the white ridge was closer to the lunula, right on the border of the lunula where the nail bed starts. Both of them seemed to go perfectly across the nail from one end to the other, but the red band was wider than the thin white ridge.

    Two weeks later, and the white ridge now seems to be spreading into the area where the red band was, except the part that is spreading looks like a white circle beneath the nail while the original ridge is still above the nail and in the same place it originally was. It looks as if the white circular area that is spreading is pushing itself into the red band area and the red band area has now become distorted and is no longer a perfectly shaped horizontal band across the toe. There is also very slight intermittent pain in the toe today that wasn't there before.

    Below is a picture I took of my toenail yesterday after I noticed the white area spreading towards the red band beneath the nail.

    Do you think this is toenail fungus or possibly something else?

    Thank you for your time,
  2. Martha

    Martha Guest

    Unfortunately it looks like its toenail fungus. This can be really difficult to treat. There are some products listed on this website Destroy Nail Fungus that are pretty good. You can also try home remedies like vinegar, garlic, coconut oil.
  3. dRochers

    dRochers New Member

    You may want to see a physician if self-care steps haven't helped and the nail becomes increasingly discolored, thickened or deformed.

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