Originally Posted by Marti
It sounds like it might be a fungal infection. The raised skin underneath is the nail bed, which is why it bleeds when you cut it. Repeatedly doing this can cause permanent injury to the nail bed. Don't cut it like this again until after you can see your physician.
I won't cut it anymore. I really wish I could see a podiatrist right now, but that isn't feasible. I have had ingrown toenails since I was 9 and I believe trying to fix them myself is how I got the toenail fungus, not to mention the various bacterial infections I've had throughout the years. I hope to talk to a podiatrist about preventing my ingrown toenails (partial nail avulsion) and then curing my fungal infection if I do have one.
Do you have any idea what sort of treatment there is for this bump? Do you think they would remove the whole nail for re-growth? I suspect I have toenail fungus because the ends of my nails turn yellow if they grow out long enough, and there is debris under it. However, I assumed that this bump was caused by me because it isn't yellowing like the ends of my toenail. The part that is the raised bump is actually pearl/opaque colored, where the other part of the nail is the normal pinkish color (except the ends, of course).