About a month ago, I noticed a problem with my toenail. It was discolored, and my toe hurt. The problem went away, and I didn't worry about it. But now my strange things are going on with the toenail. Should I be alarmed? Should I tell my doctor? Pictures inside!
So a month ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with fairly bad pain in my big toe. I also noticed that the little half-moon at the base of my toe was discolored. Here's
a (bad, sorry) photo. Google suggested that it might be a subungual hemotoma, which would make sense, because I'd been jogging more than usual. It also felt like it might be an ingrown toenail. I resolved to go to the doctor if it didn't get better in a few days, but it did, and I stopped worrying about it. Two weeks later, I polished my toenails, and I didn't think about it again.
So today I took off my toenail polish, and my toe is... funny. It looks like someone took a bite out of the bottom of my toenail Here's
a (better, kind of gross) picture. The silver stuff on my other toe is the silver toenail polish I'd been wearing, so the issue is only with my big toe. I'm pretty sure that what's below the disintegrated nail is a new nail. At least, it doesn't hurt at all to poke it. My toe feels fine.
Question number 1: is this something I should be concerned about? Question number 2: if so, should I go to urgent care today or call my doctor on Tuesday? (I have excellent health insurance which will pay for either an urgent care visit or a doctor's appointment. Money isn't an issue.) Question number 3: if it's not something I need to be concerned about, is it ok to put toenail polish on the nail?
Probably not-relevant medical detail: not long before the first toe issue happened, I started taking Nifedical for Raynaud's syndrome.
Thanks, metafilter! Sorry about the gross toe pictures!