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Black nail- to pierce or not to pierce??

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Apr 2018
10:30pm, 11 Apr 2018
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Lip Gloss
I think you only get 72 hours to go to A&E without then having to going via a letter from the GP. You have a nice MiL :-) wouldn't she be able to help?
Apr 2018
11:55pm, 11 Apr 2018
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MissChappo
I had a toenail like that but my then-5 year old jumped on it (from up a small stepladder while supporting at VLM). That sorted the pressure..
Apr 2018
10:07am, 12 Apr 2018
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Metro_Nome
you get told off if you go to A&E if it's something that happened more than a couple of days ago, or if you've been to a GP about it. I went when I thought I'd cracked my ribs and got in trouble because it had been a few days prior, and also when I went on recomendation of my physio for a suspected stress fracture. But in my experience they do still treat you although they tell you off!
Apr 2018
5:25pm, 12 Apr 2018
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Cyclops
How is your toe nail looking today?
Apr 2018
5:56pm, 12 Apr 2018
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Metro_Nome
It’s started to leak a bit and is looking pretty gross. The other one (also black and bruised but not as badly!!) is actually more sore now.

Just back from A&E, they didn’t want to intervene as they want the nail to last as long as possible so they gave me stronger painkillers and some dressings
Apr 2018
6:27pm, 12 Apr 2018
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Cyclops
At least if it leaks a bit it will release the pressure a bit. Are you not tempted to take a load of painkillers, soak it in hot water and poke it a bit with a sharp needle? I would go in under the front rather than through the nail myself.
Apr 2018
6:37pm, 12 Apr 2018
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Metro_Nome
I was tempted, but now that I’ve been told both by GP and A&E not to, I think I’ll leave it! And yes the one that is leaking is less painful now
Apr 2018
4:13pm, 13 Apr 2018
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Chrisull
I'd dispute the leaving the nail as long as possible. They're obviously not runners. I did leave it last time for a bit, and every time the dead nail banged the end of my shoe (which was quite often), it hurt (and actually cut the skin and made it bleed). Once it was gone, it was much more comfortable.
Apr 2018
4:26pm, 13 Apr 2018
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Metro_Nome
perhaps not as long as possible, but I can certainly see the logic in leaving it a while until at least some of the new one grows in, so as not to leave a big gaping infected wound at the end of my foot!

Actually the "bad" toenail is now a lot better, I think because it's started leaking (mmmm), the other one is more painful now but also getting better.

Going to see a podiatrist next week since they specialise in toes/nails and see what they say :) I'm able to sleep now and walk, albeit a bit painfully, so feeling better

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