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My toenails , about half way up are dead and have pulled loose from my toes . The bottoms are good, There is nothing wrong with my feet , no smell just my two big toes, I havent stumped them or anything. Can you tell me whats going on?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Will you be able to attach an image of your toenails?
It can happen due to a long term fungal or local infection of the nails.
I can guide you once I see how it looks like.

Patient replied :


In absence of any kind of injury, this seems to be due to fungal infection.
I will advise you to apply Clotrimazole ointment around the toes, and control the infection first. It commonly happens in diabetics with poor control of sugar.
Once the infection in controlled you can get it excised by a general surgeon and new nails will form over the nail bed. That will lead to a stronger nail. Then if good hygiene is maintained this problem won't arise again.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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