Monday, May 2, 2011

Q&A: Toenail Injury

Q. I stubbed my toe really bad! It is bleeding and the nail is lifted up! Will the nail fall off?  If it falls off what to I do? Will it grow back?

A. Clean the injury with soap and water then, use peroxide. 
Apply the peroxide with cotton ball. 
Put on some antibiotic ointment and a bandaid. 

Take care of the toe each day in that fashion as it heals. The nail may fall off if a lot of the nail was pulled up from the nail bed. You will be able to investigate the situation better as the nail bed heals and the toe stops hurting. Avoid applying fresh nail polish and using polish remover until the nail bed is healed.  Keep the toenail cut as short as possible. As it grows, keep trimming.  

Change bandaids frequently. The bandaid will help hold the toenail on as long as possible. A new nail will be growing to replace the injured nail. That new nail will be under the lower edge of the injured nail that is pushing out and falling off. If the nail does come off, continue to keep the toe clean and protected with bandaids. Avoid tight shoes. 

Also, be aware that fungus likes to sneak into a toe injury and take up residence. Avoid any areas, such as public showers, where fungus may be present. You will be able to see the nail growing from the cuticle area.  The new nail will take 6 to 9 months to grow in fully. It may be a ridgy nail due to the injury, but it will grow back.

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