I was getting a pedicure yesterday and noticed something upsetting. I typically take a quick look at my toe nails when I get a pedi, because it's really the only time I see them without polish. It had been a while (2 months?) since my last pedi and I don't remember if I looked and/or noticed anything the last time, so I don't know how long this has been there.
Basically, there's weird discoloration on my pinky toenail, on the inner part (next to the other toe, not on the edge of my foot). Most of the toe has a darker (reddish? tannish?) discoloration, with one area that is a bit darker. The nail tech said it looks like a bruise. I took the polish off that toe when I got home and my husband also said it looks like a bruise. The thing is, I don't remember specifically doing anything to bruise it and it doesn't hurt. It's quite possible that I stubbed it or something (I do this often) and I just don't remember it happening or hurting.
How can you tell if it's just a bruise or something like melanoma (I know the under-nail type of melanoma is rare, but still...). I did clip a part of the nail and when I looked at what I clipped off, the discoloration was definitely on the underside of the nail. The discoloration looked reddish and didn't come off. The area of skin that that was under that part of the nail looks normal. Right now there's only a teeny tiny bit of nail left (I have small toenail beds). Can you bruise your nail without knowing it or having it hurt? What do I do?