Hi everyone, I have had ingrown big toe nail problems for over 45 years now and both have been surgically removed multiple times.
However for the last couple of years the right big toe constantly bleeds. It got so bad that it would drip out even sitting watching TV, and walking made it worse. My GP said the nail should be removed in hospital but as I suffer from lymhodema and cellulitis and raised bmi, I am a risk! I thought he was joking but apparently they won't do it in the surgery anymore and the hospital thinks it's risky. I was bemused by this as I wasn't asking for heart surgery, just nail surgery!
Anyway, as a temporary solution I found a good chiropodist who I see every 4/6weeks (my nails grow super quick). She cuts out the sharp nail and cuts of the granulated skin growing around the nail. Apparently this is a common problem. She then applies acid to the skin and hole where the nail was cut out to cauterize it. It goes jet black and a scab forms which is quite big.. At first it was great. No pain and no bleeding but for the last 6 months or so it just won't stop bleeding. It looks gross!
I always let the scab come off on its own so it's not like I'm picking at it. But with summer here and sandles worn most days, it's a bit messy and I'm wondering if it's a bigger problem than I thought.
Anyone else had this problem?