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    Old 03-26-2014, 03:10 PM   #1
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    Thumbs down Toenail separates at the base and grows out?

    I've had this annoying problem for a few years now and I need some advice. The first time this happened, I noticed the area around my cuticle was sore and something wet was secreting around my toenail. Later it got red, and when I pressed on my cuticle, pus came out. I got all the pus out and poured some hydrogen peroxide on my toe -- the pain and redness was gone the next day. But then a few days later, I noticed there was a space between my toenail and the base of my cuticle. The dead nail continued to grow out for several months, underneath it was a fresh (very thin) layer of nail. I let it grow out until I was able to clip off all the old nail.

    Fast-forward a few months and the whole process started over again -- pain, pus, separation, etc. It's now the fourth time this has happened. It always happens to BOTH big toenails, but none of the others and my fingernails look fine. It takes several months for the old nail to grow out all the way, so my big nails always look like CRAP and I can't paint them. I've asked my doctor about it, and she says she's never seen anything like it. I can't afford to go to a specialist, but I'm afraid this might either be a fungus or the symptom to a bigger internal problem.

    Has anyone else ever dealt with this who can tell me what it is? Is it treatable?

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