Could this be a fungal growth on my big toe?
I have had a history of toe nail fungus for years and years. It used to be an ongoing problem. Then I was able to get it under control and it went into remission for lack of better words. I think it's bee 3yrs since I've had any noticeable problem. I usually got swelling, pain and then discoloration of the nail.
But this time a gray/black patch has appeared. I've been wearing polish on my nails as I have not been having any trouble. Over Memorial Day weekend, we were doing yard work. It was hot and I was wearing a pair of old tennis shoes and noticed that they were too short and pushing on both big toes. Not horribly painful but not comfortable at all. I came in, showered and redid the polish on both my fingers and toes. Fast forward 2 weeks. I took the polish off my toes and on my right toe nail beginning at the inner part of the nail edge there was this shaggy, splotchy looking patch of gray/black. To me it looks like how mold would grow on a wall or food but only under my nail.
Does it sound like I reactivated my nail infection or could I have damaged the nail from the ill fitting shoes to make a small bleed or bruise under the nail?
I really, really don't want to have to go to the doctor. I just got done with a bunch of doctor appts and doctor appts for my son - I'm sick of going to the doctor.
Last edited by irisrose; 06-17-2009 at 02:09 PM.