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Hello. I am a 36 year old white female who recently developed a dark spot under the toenail of my right big toe. I don't recall injuring it and it doesn't hurt. After furiously Googling what this could be, I have made an appointment with my dermatologist but it's not until next Wednesday and I may drive myself crazy worrying before then. I'm attaching a picture – does this looks more like a hematoma than a melanoma? It's not a continuous vertical band of pigment, but I'm not sure if it's coming from the nail matrix or not because of its location on the side of my toenail. Any thoughts anyone may have would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!
Looks like a bruise. Can happen without us even knowing about it, from shoes, or other reasons. I had a large black spot under my big toenail, didn't recall injuring my toe at all and it did not hurt, so I also got a bit worried, saw the dermatologist and yep, it was a bruise. It took about 6 months to grow out. Just a side story, I call that mysterious toe bruise the "bruise that saved my life".. because at that same derm appointment is when the derm also saw a large mole on my leg (something I was not planning on having removed for a long time because I didn't feel like paying for it) and had it biopsied that day.. and that is why I'm here. Good you made an appointment, make sure to get a full body skin check while you're there.
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