about a month ago i had what i think was an ingrown toenail on my big toe, and so i did a little
"home-fixing" i snipped the skin while i was at it, and it hurt.
i thought i had fixed the ingrown toenail but now i face a bigger problem. for the past month, a hard dark brownish (almost gray) like scab has formed where i had done the cutting on my toe nail. if i take the scab off, it comes back. there is no pain unless i press pretty hard on it. its just a big scab like thing that wont go away. i am a bit worried. i do not want to go to the doctor about it until i know what it could be.
i looked up something called exuberant granulation but all i got was things about horses.
the scab (or at least i think its a scab) start on the side of the toe/toenail on the left side (right between the start of the toenail and the skin of the toe) it is hard, and around the hard edge (where the regular toe skin starts) is a small area of white skin (like the kind you can peel). half of the scab begain falling off, so i picked it off, but it was back the next day.
can someone tell me what this is?
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.
As long as the toenail is not lifting from the nail bed, and it is only developing a callous from the cutting and subsequent 'picking', then you can just leave it alone. You might want to go to a Sally Beauty Supply (nationwide) and purchase a bottle of CUTICLE TERMINATOR which coontains AHA's which will help to eliminate the callous and soften the skin.