Damaged big toenail
A few weeks ago, I wore tennis shoes for the first time all summer, and because my big toe nails had not been trimmed, they got bruised by the end of the day and turned purple. A week or so later, I banged one of the toenails on a dresser which seemed to have slightly lifted it from the nail bed. It's been a week since the dresser incident and my toenail felt extra thick, so much that the top of it rubbed on my shoes and was uncomfortable. So I decided to cut down the lifting nail to hopefully avoid fungus or infection from starting (or growing). Well, that was my first mistake. Once I made the first cut, this reddish-brown watery stuff squirted out. I squeezed my toe and much more came out, so I proceeded to cut away as much of the unattached nail as I could. It came off easily and painlessly and left the top of my toe looking like "raw hamburger". I got about 3/4 of the nail off, but when I went to remove another piece, my clippers lifted a part of the nail that was still attached to the "raw" skin and for a second, I saw solid white, like bone. Could I have exposed my nail bone and if so, what should I do now? I cleaned the toe as well as possible with peroxide and currently have a large bandaid with neosporin covering it. I have a physical with my G.P. in 5 days and will ask her about it then, but I'm worried a lot about the possibility that I have exposed my bone and may cause it to get infected. HELP!