I noticed a little bit of a growth around one of my fingers recently and over the past few months it hasn't gone away. I think it may be some kind of a fungus, but I figured I should ask here. It has a hard but smooth consistency, tends to crack when dry and gum up when wet (ie, after I've taken a shower). It is also more sensitive than the rest of my finger. Here is a photo of my fingertip (you may need to copy the address into your browser):
Basically, I'm looking for a) What you think it probably is and b) a treatment or two I can attempt on my own initially? I have no problem getting it checked out by a dermitologist, but I'd rather try out an over-the-counter home medication first, if at all possible.
These are warts. You should see a dermatologist for treatment, which usually involves freezing the warts with liquid nitrogen. Several sessions may be needed, as warts near the nail are resistant to therapy. They are caused by a virus but are generally not contagious and their origin (where you got them from) is rarely known. Over-the-counter treatments are not very helpful, though there's no harm in trying them--they all contain salicylic acid, a peeling agent.
I have had finger nail fungi for some years now. Whenever i let the nail grow, it does not stick to the nail bed, therefore i tend to pull it off. At the moment, the finger does not have a nail on it. The worst part is, it is my ring finger. So Doctor, please tell me what to do.
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