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How do you treat discolored nails in children?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Question: Hi.. I observed that the two of toe nails and right hand thumb nail of my son has changed color slightly and the nails are being replaced by new nails. I need quick suggestion regarding this. I have attached nails pic for your reference Please reply me back Asap.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Looks like infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.

I have seen the attached picture.

From what I can make out, it could be a nail bed infection.
I usually prescribe antiseptic like Fusidic Acid for such patients in my clinic.

However I would suggest you to get him examined tomorrow morning by your Pediatrician and confirm this by proper clinical examination.
If there is any pus collected, your doctor may let it out.

Regards,

Dr Arun
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Brief Answer: Looks like infection Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have seen the attached picture. From what I can make out, it could be a nail bed infection. I usually prescribe antiseptic like Fusidic Acid for such patients in my clinic. However I would suggest you to get him examined tomorrow morning by your Pediatrician and confirm this by proper clinical examination. If there is any pus collected, your doctor may let it out. Regards, Dr Arun