Re: Toe Nail Problem
Whenever there is a cut or tear to the proximal or lateral nail fold surrounding the nail plate, it is the perfect avenue for a bacterial or fungal spore to enter into the site. I'm not saying that you may actually have a nail infection, although neither of these conditions are painful. Neither one will produce 'pus' or pain. A fungal or yeast infection which results in Onychomycosis can invade through a tear in the proximal and lateral nail folds as well as the eponychium. This type of infection is characterized by onycholysis (nail plate separation) with evident debris under the nail plate. It normally appears white or yellowish in color, and may also change the texture and shape of the nail. The fungus digests the keratin protein of which the nail plate is comprised. As the infection progresses, organic debris accumulates under the nail plate often discoloring it. Other infectious organisms may be involved, and if left untreated, the nail plate may separate from the nail bed and crumble off.
If this is not the case, it very well may be that a 'callous' is trying to form at the site of the cut. If this is the case, you can try using a 'cuticle remover' type product which contains AHA's (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) which will help to eliminate the callous.