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By Skokie Foot and Ankle Specialists, Ltd.
May 03, 2015
Category: Women
Tags: fungus   discoloration   nail polish  

Nail polishNail polish can cause discoloration.

Some colors (pigments) can penetrate the nail, especially darker polishes. Also, “nail hardeners” such as formalin and dimethyl urea can cause yellowing when it reacts with the keratin protein in your nails.

A base coat may help. The primary reason to apply a clear base coat first is to form an even surface for applying the color polish. It may also serve as a barrier to reduce the likelihood of nail discoloration.

So what should a person do? Let your nails “breathe” for a few weeks without polish. This may help them return to a normal hue.

Take heed. Sometimes injury or fungus that was covered becomes apparent when the polish is removed.

If you are concerned about the health of your toenails, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller by calling (847) 675-3400 or CLICKING HERE.

June 02, 2014
Category: Skin
Tags: melanoma   sun   discoloration  

Summer has finally arrived. News reports remind us about sun damage to the skin and the risk of melanoma.

The widespread adoption of the ABCDs of melanoma has helped increase public and physician awareness:

      A for Asymmetry – one part is different than the other part.

     B for Border – the edges are irregular, uneven, or blurred.

     C for Color – shades of brown, tan, or black are usually present.

     D for Diameter – size is greater than 6 millimeters.


Melanoma is a life threatening but potentially treatable form of cancer if diagnosed and treated at an early stage.  Melanoma can occur on any part of the foot, including a toenail.

If you have a questionable skin lesion or toenail, please call (847) 675-3400 to schedule an appointment with Skokie Foot & Ankle Specialists.