Green Under Fingernail or Toenail

Green Under Fingernail or Toenail

Green Under Fingernail or Toenail: Getting a lime green spot underneath you your toenail or fingernail is not toenail fungus! It is a bacteria.




Green Under Nail:

  • The only reason you toenails or fingernails should look like this is because you have bacteria.
  • This is due to a bacteria known as Pseudomonas.
  • Pseudomonas can get underneath your finger or toe nails through small chips or cracks.
  • This does not mean you are systemically compromised in anyway.
  • This is a non-threatening infection, but can look ugly!
  • This is not toenails fungus.


Green Under Fingernail
In order to get this dark or lime green discoloration, bacteria must get underneath your nail into the nail bed!


Causes Of Green Under Toenail:

  • Pseudomonas are a bacteria.
  • They love water, dirt and oxygen.
  • So you will find them in ponds, moist shoes, swimming pools and most other places.
Causes Of Green Under Toenail
The people most likely to get green under the fingernail or toenail are those with opening or cracks.
  • In order to get the bacteria to enter you toenail or fingernail, you must have some openings.
Green Under Fingernail or Toenail
Those most susceptible to green under the toenail have recently injured their toenail. This is most common in injured toenails or recent manicure with slightly cutting too far.


Green Nail Polish:

  • Frequent nail polish use makes you very susceptible for pseudomonas infection.
  • It makes your nails dry and brittle.
Green Under Fingernail or Toenail
Frequent and chronic use of nail polish can make your nails brittle and dry! This sets up a perfect opportunity for pseudomonas.


Risk Factors For Green Under Nail:

  • **Nail polish & frequent nail polish administration**
  • Recent manicure.
  • Recent pedicure.
  • Recent stubbing or injury of the toenail or fingernail.
  • Working with your hands.
  • Brittle fingernails.
  • Diabetes or smoking makes you more susceptible.


Green Nail Vs Toenail Fungus:

What a green nail looks like:

Green Under Toenail

  • It is not yellow, thick or crumbling into flakes.
  • It can range from dark green to lime green.
  • A green nail should be an otherwise healthy nail.


What Toenail Fungus Looks Like:


  • ┬áIt is yellow.
  • It is thick and crumbling.
  • There may be flakes underneath the nail.

Green Toenail Fungus

Green Under Nail Treatment Guide:

Green Under Fingernail or Toenail
Pseudomas under a microscope. The Cause Of Green Under The Fingernail.

Jump To The Pseumonas Treatment Guide.

About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.