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Offline Lililanny

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Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« on: May 23, 2014, 04:05:41 PM »
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What do you think? My toenail has had discolouration fora while, but it has started to turn black so quickly, like literally in the past few days.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 04:33:42 PM »
That's fast even for melanoma
.A pic would tell all tho
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 10:57:35 AM »
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Please help me, I'm having major anxiety over this.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 11:52:31 AM »
thats how my nails look if they get hurt in some way. my guess would be bleeding. my right toe has some
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 12:27:56 PM »
Although I am no doctor, this actually looks like a subungual hematoma.

Subungual melanoma usually presents itself as a longitudinal tan, black, or brown streak on a finger or toe nail. And it would also take months, possibly years for it to actually develop like yours as. Based on the fact that the discolouration is not longitudinal, and has developed quite quickly, it is quite possible that it is sublingual hematoma and not a melanoma. Hematomas are very common as well. Not only that, but it can take months for them to get darker and grow larger.

I suggest that you go get it checked out and seek treatment but certainly don't worry about it being a melanoma. Sublungual melanoma are extremely rare - especially in lighter skinned people. The statistics are definitely on your side.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 12:53:08 PM »
If it's s subungual hematoma would I have hurt it in some way? Or would it be painful? I haven't hurt it or damaged it. This does not hurt at all.
It has been a discoloured off yellowy colour and thickened texture for a good while now, but then black in the ***** of a week.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 01:13:28 PM »
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If it's s subungual hematoma would I have hurt it in some way? Or would it be painful?

Possibly yes and no. "Runner's toe" is a term describing a common condition seen in runners caused by downward pressure. Runner's toe is often associated with malfitting shoes and insufficient ***** for the toes. This may not cause you pain but the slight repeated injuries over time can build up to cause blood build up. Or, of course, you may of injured it with a knock on the toe or something. Sometimes these can take months to develop. You may of injured your toe but simply forgot about it because it caused you no concern.

But like I said, I am no doctor. Only a professional can give you an accurate diagnosis so seek professional advice. But from the picture, that's what it looks like to me. There are other toe conditions that can cause discolouration like yours. But in any case, it certainly doesn't follow the usual appearance of a melanoma of the toe. Whatever it is, I don't think you should be worrying about it being a melanoma. Melanoma takes months sometimes years for it to develop - and when it does, it is usually a longitudinal black line. Even if it was a longitudinal black line, there are other benign conditions that can mimic a melanoma of the toe. Melanonychia for example. But these conditions, including melanoma are most commonly seen in darker skinned patients. Bob Marley famously died of Subungual melanoma.

I have been through this worry myself by the way. I saw a grey spot/patch on the palm of my hand - I automatically thought it was melanoma. I also bite my nails which sometimes causes blood blotches to appear at the nail bed which last for months. And because they last for months, I always have the slight worry about it being melanoma.

But after checking the statistics over and over again in times of worry, I find that the probability is extremely small for me. And the same applies to you. 
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 01:14:31 PM »
I have it sometimes because of running in tight shoes
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 01:16:04 PM »
I have it sometimes because of running in tight shoes

There you go. Right after I explain "Runner's Toe", someone right here is living proof of it lol. It is quite a common condition.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 01:48:23 PM »
I get my feet stepped on by horses all the time and this looks like a standard bruise under the toenail.  Sometimes they hurt and sometimes they don't.  Eventually it will grow out.  Nothing to worry about...if.it bothers you cosmetically use a neutral colored nail polish.
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