Question: Will my big toenail ever grow back?

Is it possible for a toenail to never grow back?

Both toenails and fingernails grow slowly, with toenails taking longer to regrow. On average, it can take up to 18 months for a toenail to completely regrow, and about 4 to 6 months for a fingernail to grow back.

How can I make my toenail grow back faster?

Is there anything I can do to make my toenail grow back faster? Soak your foot in a combination of 1 tsp (5 g) of salt and 4 cups (1 L) of warm water for 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times each day, for the first 3 days after you lose your toenail. Cover with a fresh bandage.

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.

Why is my toenail growing back so thick?

Toenails that have grown thicker over time likely indicate a fungal infection, also known as onychomycosis. Left untreated, thick toenails can become painful. Prompt treatment is key to curing the nail fungus. Fungal infections can be difficult to cure and may require months of treatment.

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What do you do when your big toenail falls off?

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.

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.

How do you cover a toenail that fell off?

Protect any exposed part of the nail bed for 7 to 10 days until this skin hardens and isn’t sensitive anymore. 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.)

How do you treat a damaged toenail?

First, clean the area with an antiseptic agent as tolerated. Second, apply an antibiotic ointment with a band-aid. If part of your toenail has fallen off or is detached, it is wise to let a doctor remove the remaining portion to avoid more pain or exposing your nail bed to infection.

What happens when you get your toenail removed?

It’s common to experience a light yellow discharge, bleeding, and swelling at the site of the removed toenail. You can minimize swelling by elevating your foot above the level of your heart when you’re seated. Follow Dr. Moran’s directions for wound care.

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