Friday, July 31, 2015

Bruised, Injured Nail is Falling Off

injured nail
I have seen it more than once, a finger that was slammed in a door, drawer or cabinet that really injured a fingernail.

The damaged nail is dark, bruised and it feels loose.

Is it going to fall off? It could!

A badly damaged nail will most likely fall off but probably not for a while because it is usually still partially attached.

An injury to a nail such as the nail being caught in a drawer or being slammed in a car door, that causes bruising to the nail bed, and can break the nail plate. 

The nail is broken but is still attached to the nail bed.

There will be new nail growing in pushing the loose injured nail out. The damaged, broken nail will become looser and looser as more new nail grow in.

Help My Nail if Falling Off!
 
There are some things you can do to help keep the nail on for as long as possibly while the new nail is growing in. That loose nail is still protecting the sensitive nail bed.

Help a Nail that is Falling Off

Trim the Nail
Try to keep the loosened nail on as long as possible by keeping the nail trimmed as short as possible so it doesn't become top heavy or get caught on something and get pulled off. It makes my blood run cold just thinking of it!!!

Keep it Smooth
Lightly smooth the ragged edge of the nail to prevent it from getting caught and pulling off.

Glue it
If there is no open wound or infection, you or your nail tech can apply a bit of glue or a nail wrap to help hold the nail on. I don't recommend acrylic on a loose nail. It is just to heavy for the precarious injured nail.

Maintenance
The nail will need frequent maintenance consisting of re-gluing and trimming to keep it under control. Get a weekly manicure.

Protect it
Protect the nail by wearing a bandaid when doing tasks that could possibly pull up the nail or damage the nail repair.

Wear Gloves
Wear gloves when doing the dishes and cleaning.
 
You will have to be patient. The nail will take about 6 months to grow out. The new, grown in nail could have ridges or a dent in it due to the injury. But maybe not. I have seen many injured nails come back perfectly fine. It's a wait and see thing.

Stay Healthy and Beautiful!
xo
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