What do you do when your toenail cracks in half?

Why do toenails split down the middle?

Nails can split down the middle for a variety of reasons. Usually it happens because your nails are too dry and weak, possibly from lack of moisture or Keratin. You could be putting your nails through too much by constantly painting them, and nail polish remover can really dry out your nails.

Will a cracked toenail heal itself?

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.

What happens if half of your toenail comes off?

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.

Will a split toenail grow back?

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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How do you save a cracked toenail?

Soak the nail in warm water so it softens. Squeeze a small amount of nail glue onto the area where the nail broke off, and spread the glue out so that it forms a thin layer. Press the broken piece of nail gently but firmly onto the area where it broke off for 30 to 60 seconds until it stays attached.

How do you shower with a broken toenail?

Leave the bandage on, and if you have stitches, do not get them wet for the first 24 to 48 hours. Use a plastic bag to cover the area when you shower.

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.

Should I soak a toenail that is falling off?

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.

How do you stop a broken nail from hurting?

To relieve pain from an injury to the nail, try the following:

  1. Apply ice and elevate the injured nail area as soon as possible after the injury.
  2. Trim a torn or detached nail, and tape the nail in place.
  3. Try to drain blood from under the nail.
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