Does anyone else get small bits of the skin beside their fingernails which come away from under the nail, stick out, and then hurt every time they catch on something (as it might be your jumper, or the edge of anything at all)? You know that trying to cut them off won’t work, just leave a smaller bit sticking out, and you know that trying to pull them off will be agonising…
Even more to the point, has anyone ever noticed what happens to them in the end, and how long they take to do whatever it is?
Yours with not just one but two of the damn things at the moment.
Ah - we’re talking about two different things. What I tend to get is a flap of skin next to the nail - as if you’d taken a razor blade and sliced parallel to the nail almost to the point of drawing blood. It catches on everything - sleeves, pockets, gloves…
And I do know what you’re talking about - extremely irritating, and apparently created for the sole purpose of causing a deep-rooted infection that manifests as a hot, red, throbbing swelling. Very nasty.
No, it isn’t. I do know what a whitlow is, and if I had meant one I would have said that was what it is. Or rather, they are.
This is a small spike of hard skin sticking out between nail and flesh, too short to cut off and long enough to catch on things and hurt. No infection is involved (unless I were stupid enough to pull it off and make a hole, which might then become infected.)
You won’t like this, wee Bee, but one way of dealing with them is to soak in hottish water until everything has softened up and then use a needle to pull the little spur onto the nail side and poke at its base to perforate/weaken it until it detaches. Needle should be meeting nail, not flesh. Obviously.