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Big toe

13 Jan 2018 01:53

I know this sounds ridiculous. I think I have a fungal nail infection but have developed a thick black line under my left big toe nail. I researched it and have seen links to melanoma. My worry is that I have now developed a lump on my toe, just underneath my nail. It’s very sore, looks like a large cyst. I did go to the Drs as I had a bad rash on both feet. The Dr said I had a fungal infection. Gave me cream but told me he wasn’t interested in the fungal infection (if that is what it was) in my nails at the time (I hold little confidence in this Dr as he misdiagnosed my sons knee condition..another story!) I don’t know whether to seek a 2nd opinion as I’m convinced there’s more than a fungal infection going on with my nail/toe. Then again I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill. I always feel like I’m wasting the Drs time when I visit once every 10+ years! Help! Any advice is very welcome. TIA 

Re: Big toe

13 Jan 2018 02:54 in response to Davic64

The lump (cyst like lump) is actually on my toe. Not the nail. Thought I’d add that as the post I’d put made it sound like it was under the nail. 

Re: Big toe

13 Jan 2018 12:44 in response to Davic64


Welcome to the forum.  I'm replying now because the nurses work UK office hours and won't be back until monday.  I should add that only the nurses are medically trained, the rest of us are mainly cancer patients or carers for cancer patients.

You are not the only member here to report a black line under a toe nail and be concerned about it. In her case, it was examined by a specialist and determined to something benign and harmless. However, there is also the possibility that it's something a little more serious.

If you're interested, see this thread

I think if I were in your shoes and given that you have a poor relationship withy your GP, I would pay to see a reputable private chiropodist/podiatrist and ask for an opinion. From the sound of it, you're having other foot problems.  Going private could get you seen within a day or two and set your mind at rest. You may also get guidance on how to avoid foot problems in future. 

It appears to me that the relationship between you and your GP has broken down. To be honest, everyone needs a GP they can trust and confide in, and it sounds like that's not the case with you. I think you should consider changing your GP. However, I would get this line checked out first. 

Please let us know how you get on.



Re: Big toe

16 Jan 2018 10:20 in response to Davic64


Thanks for posting.

I can appreciate your concern.

The type of melanoma that affects the nail bed is in fact very rare. Unfortunately, when researching things on Google, this sort of thing is not often placed in context. It is harder to find regular conditions that are treated easily, although NHS Choices website is a useful source of health information to look at.

Fungal infections and bacterial skin infections can take a good while to clear up, often a number of months in fact. If you think that your symptoms are not clearing up or improving, then do go and see another GP at your practice to discuss it again.

I hope that this reply has been useful.

Best wishes,