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flo's avatar

What would cause toe nail/s to fall out?

Asked by flo (11195points) 3 months ago

I think someone was at the emergency room about that. Is it an emergency?

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flo's avatar

…If it’s not the kind with pain like here
https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/zm6154

Patty_Melt's avatar

Fungus
Gangrene
Possibly diabetic feet.
It could be an emergency. Then again, their emergency could be the pure panic of not understanding what is wrong.

flo's avatar

@Patty_Melt If it’s diabetes is there some other symptom associated with it?

Patty_Melt's avatar

I’m not sure. I just know diabetics can get foot problems and not feel it. Sometimes they don’t see a doctor until it is too late, and they lose toes, part of a foot, or possibly much of the leg.
I don’t really know just what to look for in those cases. I have never known anyone personally who had it like that.

flo's avatar

Ok, thanks

Patty_Melt's avatar

I just remembered another thing.
When I was twelve, I shut the car door on my foot. This was in the days of steel cars with heavy doors. I got an awful bruise under my big toenail. Man! Did that sucker hurt! It turned out the purple under my toenail was a huge blood clot. It was causing pressure. I took a needle and gently pulled that clot out. GAD! My toenail hung there loose. The next day it dropped off. I really hurt then. The top of that toe couldn’t stand contact with air, let alone bandage or sock.

Inspired_2write's avatar

t’s usually caused by an injury, fungal infection, or psoriasis.
However, chemicals, certain medications, and serious illness can also make your toenail fall off. Lots of factors including diet. ( Calcium deficiency?)

flo's avatar

Thanks. So many possible causes.

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