Toenail Pain [Toenail Fungus, Ingrown Toenails, Discolored Toenails]

How to get rid of black toenail fungus [Stop black fungus under toenails]

We go over how to get rid of black toenail fungus & cure black fungus under the toenails. We also review black nail lines vs. melanoma!

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We go over the causes of black toenail fungus, how to know it is not black toenail cancer and the BEST ways to get rid of black toenail fungus!

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The causes of black spots under the toenails.

The top 20 black toenail fungus home remedies and black toenail home treatment options.

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This gallery compares black spots under the toenails vs. black toenail fungus.

It also compares black toenail fungus or melanoma.

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Black Under Toenail Symptoms:

The most common symptoms of black toenail fungus is that initially toenail fungus develops.

  • After toenail fungus develops a usually creates a thicker toenail takes up more room in the sock and shoe.
  • As this happens the toenail can catch on her shoes or socks and start to rip away from the skin.
  • This gradually forms debris and dirt that forms under the tip of the nail. This then forms a callus in the nail starts to rub the way more and more.
  • Eventually the toenail starts to turn black when small little blood vessels called capillaries ripped away from the toenail.
  • This creates bleeding between the toenail and the skin.
  • As this blood starts to dry it quickly turns black and forms a scab at between the toenail and the skin.
  • As this gets thicker it forms thick black toenail fungus.
  • The toenail eventually can turn completely back as it dies.
How to get rid of black toenail fungus

What is black fungus under toenail?

Patients routinely ask us “what is black fungus under the toenail?” 

  • Black fungus under the toenail is caused by a toenail fungus infected toenail detaching from the skin.
  • This can usually result from the rupture of the small blood vessels called capillaries.
  • When the capillaries rupture they will create bleeding between the toenail and the skin.
  • This small amount of blood flow that develops between the nail and the underlying skin will eventually turn black and form a scab.
  • This prevents the toenail from re-attaching to the skin.
  • This essentially results in a dead toenail.
  • Watch the video below to see how to fix black fungus under the toenails.
Both feet have big black toenails.

How to get rid of black toenail fungus:

Getting rid of black toenail fungus is not a whole lot different than getting rid of thick yellow fungus.

The difference is that black toenail fungus is causing the toenail to die and there is dry blood between the toenail and the skin.

Thick Black Toenail Fungus Treatment:

  • Thick black toenail fungus treatment is best performed by trimming and reducing the nail.
  • Studies show that the best way to heal this is to remove the loose and detached toenail. This means that the blood flow is not reaching the toenail.
  • This can cause it to decay and atrophy and start to create a bad odor.

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  • We believe in reducing the thickness of the toenail, cleaning out the dry blood  and then making sure the fungus does not grow back.
  • The goal is toe avoid toenail fungus medication or dangerous treatments.
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Are black lines on toenails dangerous?

  • Black lines under the toenails can be dangerous, but 95%+ of the time they are not toenail cancer or anything truly dangerous.
  • The major concern is a condition called subungual melanoma which is a toenail cancer.
  •  A subungual melanoma is the most dangerous form of toenail cancer that is found in the foot.

Black line on toenail fungus?

A black line on toenail fungus is called melanonychia.

This means that you have brown or black lines on your toenails.

A black line associated with toenail fungus might be melanoma, but this is usually unlikely.

If the black line extends into your skin, this is called a Hutchinson sign. A Hutchinson sign is much more likely to signal toenail cancer or toenail melanoma relating to your black toenail fungus. This might be something called a subungual melanoma.

Black toenail cancer such as a subungual melanoma is extremely rare. Personally in our clinic we have seen thousands of black toenails and black lines on toenails. Between all those cases we have almost never seen toenail melanoma.

But there are cases where we do perform biopsies if the toenail does appear suspicious. A toenail biopsy with a podiatrist can be one of the most effective ways to confirm that there is no melanoma underneath the toenail.

It is extremely important to always check with your podiatrist and get a biopsy if you are worried about a melanoma.

There is no 100% foolproof method to ensure that there is no melanoma underneath her toenail.

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Is this a black toenail fungus or a toenail melanoma? In this case it is unlikely to be a melanoma because the line is thin and does not extend into the skin. It is also under 3mm in thickness. It is also important to note that many lines make it unlikely to be multiple subungual melanomas. Always check with your podiatrist if worried!

Black toenail fungus or black toenail melanoma?

A subungual melanoma can develop underneath the toenail. This is a dangerous toenail cancer and toe cancer.

Toenail cancer is extremely rare and accounts for only about 1-2% of all diagnosed melanomas in the human body.

Of the subungual melanomas, 60% are found in the fingernails and about 40% are found in the toenails. It is very rare to ever even consider the black toenail fungus or toenail melanoma question.

Subungual melanomas are more common in older individuals 60+ years or older and who have a history of cancerous skin growths.

A subungual melanoma or a toenail melanoma black toenail line is usually very wide (over 3 mm).
It is usually associated with a thickened toenail nodule. It might also possibly show bleeding that extends into the surrounding toenail skin. The black line extending into the epidermis (surrounding toenail skin) called a Hutchinson sign.

Usually only one toenail is infected. It is very rare for there to be multiple subungual melanomas.

Important melanoma warning: It is extremely important to go see your podiatrist or your oncologist to perform a biopsy.

If a subungual melanoma if not detected, it can spread through the rest of your body. Going to see your podiatrist is a great start to diagnose whether you had a black toenail fungus or black line associated with a subungual melanoma.

Frequently Asked Black Spot on the Toenail Questions:

Can toenail fungus turn black?

  • Yes toenail fungus can turn black if the toenail is ripped away from the skin.
  • As the toenail rips away from the skin, the small blood vessels called capillaries can rip and bleed.
  • This dry blood can quickly create a scab.
  • This can cause the toenail fungus to turn black and become thick over time.
  • A bacterial infection can also cause a black toenail in some cases.
  • Black yeast can also result in black toenail fungus.
black under toenail toenail turning black

Can toenail fungus be black?

Yes, there are certain types of black yeast and black bacterial infections that can cause the toenail turn black.

In our opinion we see this much less frequently than dry blood underneath the toenail.

In roughly 99% of scenarios that we see: the thick fungal toenail detaches from the underlying skin and dry blood forms underneath the toenail.

This prevents the toenail from reattaching to the skin and creates a thick black toenail that can cause pain.

 

How you get rid of black toenail fungus?

  • The best way to get rid of black toenail fungus is to trim the toenail, and remove the dry blood underneath the toenail.
  • If you can successfully get rid of the black toenail fungus, a good healthy toenail should grow back over time.
  • Our favorite way to do this is to use a strong toenail clipper and to trim the black toenail.
  • We would also strongly recommend coming to see us if you are in Michigan. We are  podiatrists that specialized in treating black toenail fungus and ruling out black toenail cancer!

 

What does it mean when toenail fungus turns black?

  • Patients frequently ask us “what does it mean when toenail fungus turns black?”
  • There is a chance that this could be a black yeast, or a black toenail fungus, but most commonly it is dry blood.
  • This usually means that the toenail is getting thick and ripping away from the underlying skin.
  • These small blood vessels called capillaries rupture and form dry blood underneath the toenail.
  • As the toenail dies, the toenail will eventually turn black and die.
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Does toenail fungus turn black after death?

Toenail fungus does usually turn black after death of the nail.

If there is not enough blood flow, the toenail will usually starts to rise and turn black.

This can usually create a foul toenail odor and cause the toenail to decay. This can contribute to foot odor.

A dead toenail will eventually be over run with bacteria and toenail fungus.

The recommended treatment is to come see a great toenail fungus podiatrist such as us if you are in Michigan!

 

How do I get rid of black toenail fungus?

  • The best way to get rid of black toenail fungus is to trim the toenail.
  • It is also a good idea to clean out the underlying callus underneath the toenail.
  • The key to curing black toenail fungus is to make sure the new toenail can grow back in safely without more fungus underneath it.
  • A podiatrist can help you do this and this can greatly help remove the toenail fungus.

 

Does toenail fungus turn black after it dies?

Yes, a detached toenail can turn black after it dies.

  • The most common pathway for this to happen is for fungus to a infected toenail. The toenail then can start to rip away from the toe after he gets thick and black.
  • This can cause dry blood to form between the toenail and the skin and eventually the toenail dies.
  • The toenail then starts to rot and become over run by bacteria and toenail fungus.
  • This eventually can make toenail fungus turn black after it dies.

Can black socks because toenail fungus?

  • In some ways black socks can cause toenail fungus.
  • If the socks are occlusive and making you sweat more, then this could create a good environment for black toenail fungus to flourish.
  • But if some of the pieces of the black sock simply get caught underneath the toenail, this is not officially fungus exclamation part.
  • The first thing we would do is try to trim the toenail and make sure the small fibers of the black sock are not getting caught underneath the toenail.

 

Do I have black toenail fungus or a bruise underneath my toenail?

  • In our experience is much more likely to have a bruise underneath the toenail rather than black toenail fungus.
  • In a lot of people it is common to have both toenail fungus develop first. This toenail fungus can make the toenail thicker leading to bleeding and bruising developing underneath the toenail.
  • This can make the toenail thick, dark and discolored.

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