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Is two toenails uncommon? Should I be concerned?

By December 21, 2008 - 3:41pm
 
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I have a toe nail that appears to have two toenails growing...literally one on top of the other. Should I be concerned about this? It doesn't hurt at all but it just odd.

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Anonymous

A year and a half ago I dropped a 45 pound plate at the gym straight onto my big toe. I shattered the bone, needed stitches because I busted the toe open, and obviously I lost my toenail. The shape of my toe hasn't been the same since, and I needed a nail bordering procedure done after the nail started coming back ingrown. Anyway, the nail started growing back thick and weird and eventually there was a giant ridge in the nail separating thin, normal nail and the thick and gross part. The thick part has started breaking away, but it is stubbornly hanging on. Tonight I was able to lift it enough to see nail underneath! It's totally weird. I guess I started growing two nails after my busted nail was removed, but the top one eventually stopped and is just stuck to the bottom nail now. I'm hoping it'll fall off eventually or grow out enough to trim it away, and that maybe it won't happen again.

November 26, 2016 - 9:23pm
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Anonymous

I currently have this problem, but the nails aren't falling off or anything like that. When I got to cut my toe nail it hurts really bad. I have 2 nails growing on top of each other and it's really thick. I don't know what to do.

November 7, 2016 - 8:08pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Contact your primary care physician, who may suggest you come into the office to be examined. You may be referred to a dermatologist. Better to be safe and have this checked out, especially because you are having pain when you cut the toenail.

Please keep us updated,
Maryann

November 8, 2016 - 10:00am

I have thick toe nails and found out there is another nail underneath. They suggested Vicks vapor rub on toes nightly and the top one came off very nicely. It grew normal for a long time but then hitting it repeatedly over time caused it to happen again. So here I go again. Same treatment. Vicks vapor rub and socks at night until it clears up again. Good luck. Please look it up.

June 10, 2016 - 9:26am
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Anonymous

This has been a big help! My right foot pinky toe has a bit of an overlap of my toenail! My mom is always telling me I have to cut it off and that it's an infection. I tell her every time that I got it when I was little. I hit my toe on the refrigerator and my toenail broke. I think it's my toenail trying to grow back!! I'm also embarrassed to get a pedicure because every time I go the ladies always try to pick off the toenail but it doesn't come off. They always ask me and I get skeptical to get my toes done or to do them at home! Thanks again anyway

February 7, 2016 - 3:13pm
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Anonymous

I just had this thing happen i think a month ago? I saw my toenail lifting up and im like wtf?????? So going by my way of "let it be and itll go away", i left it there until it turned a nasty shade of opaque yellowish white. I tried to cut it to where I figured it ended but i still could lift it up. (warning disgusting content ahead). So i used my teeth to rip the whole toenail out. Strange thing was, it didnt hurt, but there was a bit of blood. Only later did i find out that i had another toenail growing under the top one.

October 12, 2015 - 6:29am
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Anonymous

I have this problem and what I have done was cut the nail from the cuticle if it is sticking up from the new nail that is growing in. I also used pointy curved tweezers to lift under the nail and cut. Sooner or later the tweezer hit skin and that's when I stopped. I waited a couple weeks and every once in a while I put a bandaid to make sure nothing got inside the nail. After a couple weeks I looked at my nail again and a little more grew so I cut what I could off. I repeated this process until the top nail is gone. Hopefully this works for you. :)

August 27, 2015 - 11:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Omg thank you so much, I was worried that it was a problem, but i continued with that wait and cut strategy and eventually the top one was gone, with the new bottom nail. Still confused as to why exactly this happened though.

November 19, 2016 - 3:00pm
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Anonymous

I have this problem times 3. I also get severe in grown toe nails. I don't know why. I give myself foot baths. Keep them trimmed up, I even bought a specific trimmer for toe nails that cost $28.95. They still hurt every now and then. I thought maybe if I go to get a few pedicures, but I am just to embarrassed by my toe nails. Please, if anyone else has a cure to this, let me know, this is like the electric chair to bad toe nails. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter in advance.

August 5, 2015 - 2:33pm
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Anonymous

I dropped a barrel off a loading dock that landed on my feet when I was about 25. Lost both big toenails and since then have grown two. figured I damaged the cuticle. Still have problem and I'm 68 now.

August 3, 2015 - 5:20pm
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