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I stubbed my toe over three years ago and it soon went black.

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I stubbed my toe over three years ago and it soon went black. After many months a new nail seemed to be coming through, but never fully completed its growth properly and now the toe appears to have three or four layers of nail that is black and brown. I never have to cut the nail because it never gets beyond the 'bed' area. Occasionally it aches a little if I put pressure on it, but otherwise no obvious issues, other than being unsightly. Could it be dangerous? (I keep wondering if the nail may start to grow inwards at some stage, although it just seems to be layering for now.)
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

thanks for this question

You likely have a hematoma under the nail. this is a collection of blood that can takes months to heal

I would give it more time.

The nail will grow out eventually

Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX say months and we are now up to about 36!

Also, why doesn't the nail grow 'outwards' in the normal way, but just folds over onto itself?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
I didn't realize it was that long Tony!

Yes, you need to see a podiatrist to have the nail removed.

The hematoma wasn't reabsorbed and simply is blocking the nail from growing out
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
OK, thanks.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 3 years ago.
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