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Thumb Nail keeps detaching/turning green

Posted In: Skin conditions 5 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 3, 2007
  • 08:29 AM

A few months ago I had pitting of my thumb nail. I'm not sure what caused this but it seemed to happen rather quickly. I went to a dermatologist and told her what happened... she thought it was rather odd as she said pitting should occur slowly. As the nail grows in. While mine seemed to happen pretty acutely. She recommended letting the nail grow out and was confident that it would be fine... pointing out that the nail by my nail bed looked normal.

Three months later things really took a turn for the worse. My thumb nail began to separate, and it began to turn green from bacteria.

I made a return trip to the doctor. She cut my nail all the way back (as the nail wasn't attached at all by that point) and did a scrape of the skin. She cultured it for fungus which game back negative.

She gave me an anti-fungal creme to rub on it daily. It started to grow in and I had some hope. But the green returned. What was interesting as it came in from the side inward. The green is darkest at the edges (which I believe signifies the deepest nail penetration..?) with the right edge being the darkest of the two. Eventually it swirled in and I'm back to where i started from

I put a band-aid over it when leaving the house because it has grown unsightly. It is important to note that all of my fingernails are fine and healthy. I have no rashes or any other skin conditions going on. Just the nail.

Thanks for reading all this. I'm going to make another appointment with the doctor, but I wanted to hear some other ideas before the visit

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  • Anyone heard of this before?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 03:51 AM
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  • It doesn't sound like a fungus - have you any debris under the nail that has a foul smelling odour.
    zuneuk 8 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
    • 10:25 PM
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  • Anyone heard of this before?I have the same exact problem. It is also my thumb nail on my right hand.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 05:15 PM
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  • follow up:I've since had the nail completely ripped out. It grew back normal for about half way and then would begin to detach again. The pseudomonas (the green) eventually returns. I've been applying thymol daily. To the person with the exact same problem (though you posted forever ago) have you had any luck?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 13, 2008
    • 06:41 PM
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  • My mom has had the same problem for a few years. Hers is on her left thumb nail and the right one looks like it is starting. They have removed the nail 3 times but it grows back thick, detached, and eventually green again. She has been on oral medication, creams for the nail, drops for the nail, and has soaked it in viniger and also bleach as the dr reccomended. Nothing has worked so far. Any luck with you?follow up:I've since had the nail completely ripped out. It grew back normal for about half way and then would begin to detach again. The pseudomonas (the green) eventually returns. I've been applying thymol daily. To the person with the exact same problem (though you posted forever ago) have you had any luck?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
    • 11:10 PM
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