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I've had a strange black (looks a little like a bruise)

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Hi, I've had a strange black mark (looks a little like a bruise) under my big toenail in the shape of what I can only describe as a small flame. As there is no history of trauma, I'm concerned that it could be something more sinister. I can attach a picture if required. I'm hoping it's just a bruise but unsure what to do?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.

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How long has this been present?

Has it changed at all?

Do you have any other medical problems or take any medications?

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hi, I'm not sure how long it has been present as I've had nail varnish on for the last few weeks. It definitely wasn't there 4 weeks ago when I applied nail varnish. I haven't noticed it change in the last few days since noticing it. I'm otherwise fit and healthy and go to the gym m at least 4 times a week.
Expert:  wieyedoc replied 10 months ago.


Thank you for that additional information.

the good news? Melanomas do not grow that fast as a general rule.....

So. If it was not there 4 weeks ago then it is most likely a bruise under your nail. Like a bruise elsewhere on your body it may spread a bit and change colors as it heals.

Of course, the only way to know for sure would be to have your MD take a look at it in person...but if it were me? I'd not worry at this point.

Does this make sense to you?

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