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What causes toenail to falling off?

My big toenail has started coming off. It started at the cuticle and now is split and fully loose on one of the sides. I have not injured it and have no yellowing or puss or pain or anything? What could this be and how do I treat it? Should I be soaking it in some kind of scrub? Not sure what kind of infection it could be or if it is one. Like I say, no visible difference except the nail is coming off out of nowhere! Also my feet have gotten really dry and I m scared because I don t know if it s related. Is that the problems way of spreading? Thanks.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016
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hi.
there are several causes of losing of nails, but for your symptoms (dry skyn, no pain or swelling) you should seek first for a fungical cause, if a fungus is causing the affection, nails appear with a rugged striated surface, but you must go to see a physician for treatment or to discard another causes (autoimmune, nutritional, melanomas etc)
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What causes toenail to falling off?

hi. there are several causes of losing of nails, but for your symptoms (dry skyn, no pain or swelling) you should seek first for a fungical cause, if a fungus is causing the affection, nails appear with a rugged striated surface, but you must go to see a physician for treatment or to discard another causes (autoimmune, nutritional, melanomas etc)