This is the second time my toe nail has done this. Around the cuticle area my nail will start turning a brownish/redish color and sometimes will cause discomfort in that area where it is discolored. Over time the discolor grew out some on my nail, and a new nail was growing behind, I started noticing that the old nail wasn't coming off and the new nail wasn't growing anymore, after looking further at my toe, I could see where the new nail was actually growing underneath the old/discolored area. I haven't injured my foot or toe in anyway that I know. I'm curious as to why this is happening. I'm on my feet working approx. 72hrs a week.
Sounds as though you may have a fungal infection of the nail. It is increasingly common with increased age.
When a toenail develops a fungal infection, it typically turns yellow or brown. It becomes thick and overgrown. Foul-smelling debris also may accumulate under the nail.
As the infection continues, the nail may crumble gradually and fall off. Or, it may become so thick that the affected toe feels uncomfortable or painful inside shoes.
If this sounds like you then see your doctor. Fungal infections of the nail rarely go away by themselves and even with treatment can last for quite some time. All the best.
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