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    • kayleigh_b69
    • By kayleigh_b69 9th Jul 17, 5:39 PM
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    Toe nail injury - advice please
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    • 9th Jul 17, 5:39 PM
    Toe nail injury - advice please 9th Jul 17 at 5:39 PM
    7 weeks ago I had an accident and pulled a sofa back onto my big toe - this resulted in my nail being lifted from my toe but still attached at part of the cuticle. At A&E they were great and used for pets to place the nail back in order to protect the nailbed - they advised the nail would either re-attach or fall off, I needed to keep it clean and dry and dress with steri-strips and dressings daily.

    I have been doing this every day and the nail doesn't appear to be doing either - it is lifting off the nail bed daily when I am taking the strips off to replace and it doesn't look like a new nail is growing and it definitely isn't re-attaching.

    I was at the doctors 3 weeks ago as it had a bit of puss so was given antibiotics in case it was an infection brewing - the doc advised they would always rather save a nail so to keep on as I was and it all looked ok.

    So my question is how long will this take to heal ? Is there anything I can do to help it along the way ? Does the old nail need to come off before a new one starts to grow ?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated - I can attach pics if anyone is in desperate need to see 🙈
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    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 9th Jul 17, 6:06 PM
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    I would ask your GP to refer you to a podiatrist. At least that way an expert can assess it.
    • theoretica
    • By theoretica 9th Jul 17, 6:06 PM
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    Nais don't grow any faster when they are damaged - it will be growing as slowly as your toe nails usually grow, which is usually something like 1.5mm a month. It may well take a year or more before you have a complete new nail grown out.
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    • keithdc
    • By keithdc 9th Jul 17, 8:27 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 8:27 PM
    All you can do is wait- aim is to keep dry and clean.

    Stop changing steri-strips every day- leave them on until they fall off. Fine to change outer dressing daily (but no real need).

    No need for podiatrist.
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th Jul 17, 8:59 PM
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    I ripped one of my toenails off on a rock while on holiday last year. I was in an out of the way place and had to remove it completely myself. I cleaned it and bathed it in salt water every day until it scabbed over.

    It took probably six months before it grew back properly. It's a slow process.
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    • elsien
    • By elsien 9th Jul 17, 9:03 PM
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    I did exactly the same thing with my big toe nail and a settee. It did drop off eventually but it was flapping around for a while first - I may have given it a helping hand which I wouldn't recommend.
    Then I was left for nail less for a long time while the new one grew in properly. Don't remember how long it took though, sorry.
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    • gettingtheresometime
    • By gettingtheresometime 9th Jul 17, 9:08 PM
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    Lost my left big toe nail twice now due to walking extreme lengths.

    Didn't hurt when the nail eventually came off but took about 6 months to fully grow back
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    • kayleigh_b69
    • By kayleigh_b69 10th Jul 17, 7:43 AM
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    I ripped one of my toenails off on a rock while on holiday last year. I was in an out of the way place and had to remove it completely myself. I cleaned it and bathed it in salt water every day until it scabbed over.

    It took probably six months before it grew back properly. It's a slow process.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    It's so nice in a strange kind of way that someone else has done the same thing - I've made my husband move the sofa since ��
    I'm impatient so maybe I'm expecting miracles
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    :confused: Why Cant life Be Simple????:confused:
    • Cristy Jones
    • By Cristy Jones 11th Jul 17, 3:54 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:54 PM
    I also ripped one of my toenails a few months ago, i didn't pull it off and just waited for it to grow back. It hasn't grown back to it's normal size yet
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