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Old 23rd February 2009, 10:32 PM
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I have a small (2ish mm) black dot on the tip of my big toe. It is round, non-raised, and looks like someone put the tip of a sharpie on it, but it has been there for a few weeks now. Any ides of what it could be? Should it be looked at right away or just monitored?
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Old 23rd February 2009, 11:49 PM
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Yes, as a generic answer, it needs to be ruled out as something of significance by someone who knows what he/she is looking out. See a dermatologist.
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Old 20th August 2009, 12:35 AM
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OP, did you get it looked at? I have the exact same thing just above the instep of my right foot.
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Old 20th August 2009, 03:03 AM
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Did you not read my response about the possibility of its being a serious, maybe even life-threatening condition. Even in the unlikely event that you get a response from someone who asked a questions almost 6 months ago, would you even consider that being useful information for you in light of the potential for serious problems to which I alluded?
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Old 23rd August 2009, 08:10 PM
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Foot Doc,
Your 1st post on this thread seemed to be a bit blasé. Didn't seem to caution that it was an urgent matter to get the black spot looked at, but would be a good idea to rule out anything significant. Your 2nd post then seemed to be an urgent call to action. As though I'm an idiot for even bothering asking how it went for the OP while I wait to get in to see my Dr. So, in your experience, how likely is it that this is anything serious & if it could be serious, what might it be?
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Old 24th August 2009, 04:31 AM
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I indicated to the original poster that it needs to be ruled out as a significant lesion. Blasé, it was NOT! I didn't imply that you were an idiot, although you seemed to infer that. What I told you was that you are kidding yourself if you really think that it is likely that someone who posted a question 6 months ago would be still checking this site for questions such as you asked about whether he sought hands-on help and how it turned out. Any questioner who routinely monitors a site such as this long after there has been no further responses to his/her question to possibly hear about the foot problems of others has more serious problems than just those related to his or her feet. Finally, black spots CAN and sometimes are found to be serious lesions such as a life-threatening melanoma. In most cases they are not, but owing to the need for immediate life-saving treatment if they are, they all need to have a knowledgeable hands-on evaluation. I have personally saved lives in this manner. Is THAT, sufficiently non-blasé for you?
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Old 25th September 2010, 12:53 AM
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What is a black dot aprox. 2cm long that is dark brown that is not a mole?
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What is a black dot aprox. 2cm long that is dark brown that is not a mole?
What is is is a sign that you need to have it looked at by a doctor.
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Old 9th April 2011, 04:51 PM
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have you got it looked at?? because the same thing is happening to me ever since 2 yrs ago and it swells when it is wet
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Old 14th March 2012, 06:39 PM
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I have the same thing and it hurts when I touch it , it is like a bruse . It looks like a black/brown blob about the size of a small pea. It looks like it is under the skin of my toe.
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Old 28th January 2013, 05:54 PM
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i have the same thing exsept it does not hurt not bruised it is just under skin
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Old 23rd May 2013, 09:01 PM
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I noticed the black dots under both of my big toe nails over 6 months ago. Now, sometype thick plastic looking hardening is covering most of the nail. I have been trying to cut it off by the regular nail comes off with it.

I have a dog. Could it be a flea or tick? My dog takes a pill once a month for flea and heart disease. And a spray for ticks.

I don't know what to do beside keep piling back the nail so it can go away.

Please advise.
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Old 24th August 2013, 02:21 PM
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sometimes people come to these to confirm what their doctor has told them, or to explore other ideas that their doc might not have explained.

why are there even message boards to discuss things with other people going through the same issues if some jerk is just going to go on the offensive to anyone asking for advice?
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Old 3rd December 2013, 06:43 AM
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You took the words right out of my mouth! I was totally bewildered by "foot doc's" comments and reaction to an otherwise perfectly fine comment. Anyhow I came here because I have the same thing. It looks like a sharpie marker. It's definitely through layers of my skin, not a surface thing. After I took a shower and my foot was wet, I kind of picked a little bit and saw that it went down in layers. I have an appointment with the doctor, but in the meantime thought I would do a little research. I am a little disappointed to find that there have been no updates by people who have seen doctors, so if anyone is reading this that posted earlier and have seen the doctor I would be curious to know what they said. Thank you much!

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sometimes people come to these to confirm what their doctor has told them, or to explore other ideas that their doc might not have explained.

why are there even message boards to discuss things with other people going through the same issues if some jerk is just going to go on the offensive to anyone asking for advice?
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Old 4th August 2014, 04:09 AM
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Default Re: black dot on big toe

I have just discovered the same exact thing. Just like if I took the tip of a sharpie marker and placed it there. Other than cancer, WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES?
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