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I am getting a great deal of pain under my big toe nail that

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I am getting a great deal of pain under my big toe nail that will only be alleviated by covering with a plaster. The pain seems to be under the toe nail but is also in the surrounding fleshy part at the top of the toe. This throbbing pain is also located in the fleshy part surrounding the top of my toe. The toe nail is has also come away on the side. Could you please advice
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.

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I am sorry that you are having such bad pain in your big toe

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you need to have blood testing to check your uric acid levels?

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you could also have a bad nail infection or nail growth into the soft tissues

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it sounds like you need to see a foot doctor or podiatrist and get blood testing to check for gout.

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gout can cause high blood uric acid levels and uric acid crystals can be deposited in the toe and cause pain.

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There is no redness surrounding the nail and neither is the nail discoloured once a plaster is placed loosely over this there is no pain whatsoever. I am not a drinker and thought Gout was linked to this?

Dr. David :

gout can be flared up if you drink alcohol or if you have too much purines in your diet from meats or cheeses.

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gout is not always in those who drink alcohol.

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best to get blood testing just to be sure it is not gout.

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if it is gout, there are good medications you can take to prevent these painful toe flair ups.

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does this help?

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