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Odd Toenail Discoloration.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 26, 2008
  • 11:30 PM

I am a 36 year old male with no known health issues, other than having had approximately 7 kidney stones within the last 8 or so years and I am a smoker and could use a bit more exercise.

My problem began a few days ago when I was showering, I noticed that both of my large toenails seemed to be a slightly pale bluish/purplish color. I initially thought they were stained by something, but not quite sure what. So, I washed them several more times and the color remained. Later that evening, I scrubbed my nails and used a file over the top of them and I also clipped my toenails and the clippings themselves were the same bluish/purplish color.

Since then, I have noticed that the color of my two large toenails appears to be a very pale, "frosted", whitish color with a blue tint. Does anyone have any idea what this might be? I have looked all over the net but found very little.

I have read about Cyanosis and Raynaud disease, but only my two toenails are affected, not any skin surrounding my nails, or anywhere else on my body. I also read about toenail fungus, but haven't found anything about toenail fungi appearing a purplish or bluish color. Also, the toenail clippings themselves were bluish, leading me to believe it may be my actual toenails and not the nail bed.

Any ideas?!?!?

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