Nail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a condition that occurs when a microscopic fungus enters either a fingernail or toenail. Fungus is a small organism that also causes athlete's foot. The nail thickness causes pain when it strikes the shoe during activity. Toenail pain is normally a symptom which can occur during the latter stages of a toenail fungus infection. Previous Next 6 of 7 Nail separation. Contact your GP immediately if you experience this. Having a nail removed or come off and exposing the nail bed is painful, so over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine may help you manage the pain through the initial healing period. When healed you could occasionally do the press on nails. Tina Tweeted, @beautie why do my nails always hurt/feel uncomfortable after I remove nail polish? This type of paronychia may eventually cause the nail to separate from the skin. The fingernails are also prone to a host of conditions that may be the cause of fingertip pain. 5. Avoid activities that could cause you to injure the nail bed or emergent new nail until the new nail has fully grown in. I have not tried them since though. Symptom: Brittle nails. The separated part of the nail becomes opaque with a white, yellow or green tinge. This common problem can happen because of an issue with your diet or the chemicals your hands are exposed to. I would say to let your nails breathe from the press on nails until the fungus is gone. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to alleviate ingrown toe nail pain so you can be more comfortable while you wait for your toe to heal. I also used to have this nail bed pain as if under the nail was swelling, and end up with small black lines like splinters - since my inflammation is under control at the moment this no longer happens. Typically, paronychia begins with pain, swelling and redness around the base or the sides of the nail. The nail bed is very sensitive and is usually protected by the hard fingernails. Acute paronychia can cause pus-filled pockets (abscesses) to form. Chronic paronychia may cause the cuticle to break down. With a condition known as onycholysis, the fingernails become loose and can separate from the nail bed. By this point, the infection has already become set deeply within the toenails as well as becoming difficult to treat. Fungal infections occur in toenails more often than in fingernails. Rosemo 02/10/2010. In addition it can be injured while clipping or manicuring the nails. Have to say, this is a new one on me, and judging by the amount of people who joined in the conversation following Tina's Q on Twitter and then based on my subsequent searches, it seems you're not alone. However, it can become injured for a number of reasons as discussed above. This fungus infection actually begins with nail discoloration – they can become white, darker, or yellowish. An ingrown toe nail occurs when your toe nail starts to grow down into the skin around it. 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