How long does it take for a lifted toenail to heal?

How do you treat a lifted 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.

Should you cut off a lifted toenail?

If you have a damaged toenail, you might be tempted to remove it yourself. But while damaged toenails sometimes fall off on their own, it’s not a good idea to force that process. Removing a damaged toenail yourself could lead to serious complications that end up making matters worse.

What does a lifted toenail look like?

Nail lifting (onycholysis) is the spontaneous separation (detachment) of the fingernail or toenail from the nail bed at the end of the nail (distal) and/or on the sides of the nail (lateral). The appearance of nail lifting may resemble a half-moon, or the free edge of the nail may rise up like a hood.

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What to do if you rip your nail off?

Trim off the detached part of a large tear, or leave the nail alone.

  1. Cover the nail with tape or an adhesive bandage until the nail has grown out enough to protect the finger or toe.
  2. If you trim off the detached nail, you will have less worry about the nail catching and tearing.

How long do nail bed injuries take to heal?

Your pain and swelling may heal within a week or 10 days. However, it may take several months to grow back a separate nail. Fingernails take four to six months and toenails take 12 months. If your finger or toe bone has broken along with the nail bed injury, it may take four weeks to heal.

How long does it take for a big toe nail to grow back?

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.

Why are my big toenails lifting?

Fungus is another culprit that causes changes to your toenails. Just like athlete’s foot, fungus likes to grow on the skin underneath the nail. As the fungus grows it can separate the nail from the toe’s skin. As this progresses, the toenail lifts from the rest of the toe leading to pain or discomfort.

Can a lifted toenail reattach?

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.

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Why is my big toenail separating from the nail bed?

Fingernail or toenail separation can have numerous causes but is typically related to trauma or a fungal infection of the nails. Nail separation can sometimes be associated with other abnormalities of the nails, including nail pitting, flaking or crumbling, or other damage to or changes in the nail.

What is the white stuff under my toenails?

Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail. When this occurs in the toenails, the pressure of shoes pushing down on the nails might cause pain.

Can a cracked nail grow back together?

Can a split nail grow back together? This depends on how severe the split nail is. If it is extensive, getting close to or all the way to the nail bed, then it isn’t possible. That’s when you need to visit your doctor.