Quick Answer: Do damaged toenails grow back?

Will a nail grow back if the nail bed is damaged?

After a nail separates from the nail bed for whatever reason, it will not reattach. A new nail will have to grow back in its place. Nails grow back slowly. It takes about 6 months for a fingernail and up to 18 months for a toenail to grow back.

Can damaged toenails heal?

Nail injuries can be noticeable until the damaged nail grows out. Fingernails usually regrow completely in about two months. Toenails take about four months. If injury includes the base of the nail, some cosmetic changes may be permanent.

Do detached toenails grow back?

Detached toenails are usually safe to remove, and they will typically grow back within a year and a half. A detached toenail can result from an injury or infection. Fungal infections or injuries may require additional medical attention to help ensure the toenail grows back properly.

How do you treat a damaged toenail?

Coat the area with antibiotic ointment and top with a nonstick bandage. Change the bandage every day and whenever it gets wet. (If any part gets stuck, soak it under warm running water until it slips off.) For the first couple of days, ease any pain and swelling by propping up your foot.

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How do you treat a dead big toenail?

Injury

  1. soaking it in cold water for 20 minutes.
  2. elevating it.
  3. clipping any sharp or jagged edges of the remaining nail.
  4. cleaning any exposed part of your nail bed and applying an antibiotic ointment.
  5. applying a fresh bandage daily for the next 7 to 10 days, or until the skin hardens.

What happens if your nail bed is damaged?

Injury outlook

For example, your nail should return to normal after a subungual hematoma is drained. However, some severe injuries can lead to a deformed nail. This is more likely when the base of your nail bed is injured. The most common complications of nail bed injuries are hook nail and a split nail.

What happens if you leave blood under your nail?

If left untreated, a simple subungual hematoma typically grows out with the lengthening nail plate and resolves on its own, although sometimes subungual hematomas can result in your nail falling off (onycholysis). Until the nail grows out, however, you can expect weeks to months of blue-black discoloration.

Should I cut off my fungus toenail?

If you do have a toenail fungus, your doctor will likely recommend one or more of the following treatment options: Trimming the Toenail Trimming the toenail is usually combined with medication, but having a podiatrist periodically trim the nail down is helpful and allows the medication to work better, says Sundling.

Why does my big toenail cracked horizontally?

Horizontal nail splitting may occur along with onychorrhexis, with longitudinal ridging or splitting as well. Horizontal splits at the origin of the nail plate may be seen in people with psoriasis or lichen planus or in people who use oral medications made from vitamin A.

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What is a dead toenail?

While a severely damaged toenail may look “dead,” it’s actually just damaged. All nails, including toenails, are made of a tough, non-living substance called keratin. So, technically, the nails on your toes are already dead, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you trim your nails.

Do bruised toenails ever go away?

A minor subungual hematoma usually heals over time without treatment. The trapped blood will eventually be reabsorbed, and the dark mark will disappear. This can take 2–3 months for a fingernail, and up to 9 months for a toenail.