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Old 03-26-2008, 12:20 PM
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Warning! Gross picture!WTF is this and how do I get rid of it?

I haven't looked at my toenails for over two months because I always get pedicures. Today I decided to do it myself and when I took off the polish this is what I found. It is so disgusting!



Is this nail fungus? If so the place I where I get my pedicures must be very dirty. What can I do? Does this require a doctor? It is on all of my toes except for the big toes. Its looks almost as though my nails are scruffed up but thats not what it is. I am very upset about this.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:24 PM
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Could they be calcium deposits?? I get those on my fingernails sometimes, but they are usually small.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:24 PM
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I used to have something similar to that...I've been told it's caused either by a deficiency in your diet (I THINK it was calcium?), or your nails could've been exposed to trauma... So, for instance, if the nail tech used a rough file to graze against your toenails...you know, like if the nail bed surface is rough to begin w/, so the tech uses the file to try and smooth it out so the polish will adhere better...
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:26 PM
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Would a calcium deficiency also affect my fingernails? My fingernails are almost perfect.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:16 PM
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Oh noo.
I think it's best to let your toenails rest and have some air for a couple weeks
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:30 PM
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Okay, I just looked at my fingers and toes. I don't have any of that anymore...and I've been taking regular daily calcium supplements. Like I said, I don't know if it's a cause/effect relationship...it could just be a coincidence.

Oh, and re: your follow up question, I do recall that in the past, my fingernails have been pristine, and my toenails have had those whitish streaks... Who knows why it affects one extremity, but not the other? My whitish streaks were fainter and fewer than yours though...
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:16 PM
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your toenails became weak.

therefor the top layer is starting to peel,crust and flake off.

try to get some clear nail hardener and allow them to thicken back up.

it does happen occasionally with manicure/pedicures
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:39 PM
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Well, thank god it doesn't look like nail fungus then. I will get the nail hardener and see what happens. Thanks guys.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:43 PM
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Well, thank god it doesn't look like nail fungus then. I will get the nail hardener and see what happens. Thanks guys.
Nail fungus I have seen turns the nails grey or yellow, and it is the entire nail.
on occasion I have seen where it actually had a severe under the bed infection and had pus, and the nail turned green.


I definitely do not see that
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:05 PM
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^^I am glad its not nail fungus. I did go to a nail shop one time that gave me athletes foot. I guess thats why I the first thing I think of is some kind of infection.
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Your nails are dehydrated. Apply some cuticle oil daily and make sure to use a good base coat when applying polish. Just keep them polish free for a while and it should get better. Keep applying the cuticle oil. (Solar Oil is an example)

Nail fungus grows under the nail, between the nail plate and nail bed. True fungal infections are not that common, most of them are bacterial. The only way to know if an infection is fungal is to do a fungal cuture.
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Your nails are dehydrated. Apply some cuticle oil daily and make sure to use a good base coat when applying polish. Just keep them polish free for a while and it should get better. Keep applying the cuticle oil. (Solar Oil is an example)

Nail fungus grows under the nail, between the nail plate and nail bed. True fungal infections are not that common, most of them are bacterial. The only way to know if an infection is fungal is to do a fungal cuture.
How do they get dehydrated? I will pick up some oil and will keep them polish free for a while but I hope it doesn't take to long to clear up because I can't stand my toes not being done. I guess they were not using a good base coat on them or something.
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:08 AM
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Could be from the nail polish remover or polish.
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:48 PM
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The nail polish remover had acetone in it but the nail polish was OPI.
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Get some sleep.
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