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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2014, 03:04:26 PM »
Naw, melanoma wouldn't get that size in a few days.

If that has been over the course of 3-5 weeks than it would be more concerning, but this is like hemmorage like a bruise
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 03:52:26 AM »
Yeah it really was in the ***** of a few days, because I put nail polish on last weekend and it wasn't there. I put it on to cover the embarrassing discolouration as I was going swimming. Then after swimming the polish started to chip off and saw the black developing.
Is it weird though that the black started to develop in the same area where the yellow discolouration was? And as I said, I have no recollection of damaging or hurting my toe. I have no pain there.
Maybe it is that Runners toe you describe?
Should I go back to the doctor?
I still have the prescription of the anti fungal tablets that my doctor gave me a few months ago, but I had to stop taking them after about a week, because they made me feel SO nauseous.  And I felt there was no way I could take them for 3-6 months, which is apparently how long it takes.
But then I read that subungual melanoma can takes years to develop and can often look like something else, e.g. fungal, that part is kind of in keeping with my story.
I actually didn't know that that's how Bob Marley died, I only knew it was C, not what type.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 07:28:30 PM »
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Is it weird though that the black started to develop in the same area where the yellow discolouration was?

Why do you think this? Fungal infections can become black. And if it is an infection, it makes sense that the black developed where the yellow was since that would be where the infection is. It would be strange if you developed a black patch somewhere else alongside the yellow patch.

Have you checked out any statistics for this type of cancer? The scientific name is acral lentiginous melanoma. Of all melanomas, this, along with other rare types make up 10% of all cases in the UK. About 1 to 3% of melanomas in Australia and New Zealand are acral lentiginous melanoma. Acral lentiginous melanoma accounts for 29-72% of melanoma in dark-skinned individuals but less than 1% of melanoma in fair skinned people. The majority arise in people over the age of 40.

It is extremely rare for you to get this type of cancer.

But if you haven't been to the doctor about this problem yet, then I recommend that you do go to get some treatment because there is obviously something wrong with it. But I don't think it is melanoma. I wouldn't worry about it being melanoma. You are catastrophizing too much.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2014, 03:29:09 PM »
So I'm thinking, if it can take months or years to develop, what would a subungual melanoma start out like? Cos my toenail has been discoloured, yellow, thickened and brittle for months now. Could it start out like that?
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2014, 12:44:52 AM »
My father was a Podiatrist and in his 63 years of working, he never once saw a Melanoma under a nail.

Not to say it's not possible, but it's not an everyday thing.  It is the main cancer that Podiatrists are concerned about.  My father told me that each one was as everyone here is saying.  A subungual Hematoma or blood under the nail.

I would say either see a Podiatrist, a Dermatologist, or keep an eye on it to see if it grows out which it probably will.

Best of luck and it probably won't make a difference, but trust me, don't worry.  The chances of you having what you fear is remote at best.

Good Luck!
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2014, 04:00:35 PM »
Thanks for your response.
I think I'm gonna have to go see a Podiatrist. I don't think I could take the anxiety of waiting to see if it grows out, and worrying during that time that if it's more serious, I've let too much time past.
I hope I can get an appointment without a referal from my GP.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2014, 06:32:56 PM »
I have heard that melanoma under the nail is usually red, brown or black. I have never heard of a case where it has been yellow. And it is usually always a longitudinal line that thickens and becomes darker. It would usually start out as being red or light brown and then eventually get darker over time. But it is a gradual process. It wouldn't just become dark and get bigger over a few nights or weeks.

But like I said, I am no doctor. If it is an infection, then you may need antibiotics. If it is just blood under the nail, it will eventually heal without any treatment. But you shouldn't be worrying about it being a melanoma.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2014, 09:21:21 AM »
Lililanny - did it start to grow out? What happened with it.  Did you go to the doctor?  I have a dark mark/spot on my middle toe and am worried but trying not to get in a full panic. 

Lazer - thanks for the info about your dad and his experience as a podiatrist.  That's comforting to know.  I'm sure he's seen hundreds and hundreds of strange things! 
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2014, 09:32:16 AM »
Hi there,I went to my go again and she straight away said it was a blood bruise and that it should grow out. So I'm waiting....
She said its definitely not a melanoma.
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Re: Subungual melanoma or fungal toenail infection?
« Reply #19 on: July 01, 2014, 09:34:43 AM »
That's great!  I'm glad for you!  :yes:
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