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Nail separated from the cuticle. Infection on the toe spreading. Need to see a doctor?

the bottom of my big toe nail, my nail has separated from the cuticle. I did have an infection on the side of my toenail and then it kind of spread to underneath my nail and now I can push on the skin under my nail and can see between my toenail and skin. The infection is gone but is the cuticle going to grow back? Is there any need to see a doctor for treatment?
Asked On : Thu, 28 Mar 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi, thanks for posting your query to us.
The information you have provided too brief and inadequate to reach a diagnosis.
However, the changes in the toe nail you have mentioned are most commonly due to toe nail infection, most commonly it is due to fungal infection.

Nail matrix is responsible for the nail formation. As long as the nail matrix is not involved these changes are reversible. The infection has to be treated appropriately. You have not mentioned about the treatment taken and for how long this has been present. Whether there is associated pain and discomfort?

I suggest you to consult a dermatologist for proper examination and treatment of the condition.

Hope this helps you.
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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