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What should you avoid doing if you have broken toenails?

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If your nail is partly detached, don't pull off the rest. See a doctor. Don't wrap the exposed nail bed with plain gauze or a regular adhesive bandage. These will stick, and later it will be both difficult and painful to change the dressing. Try not to fuss at it. Don't pick at the old (or replacement) nail as the new one appears, if one does. It may take a year or more for a new nail to fully grow back, and it may be deformed.

SOURCES:

Podiatry Today : "How To Address Nail Bed Injuries."

National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics: "10.04 Finger or toenail avulsion," "10.07 Subungual Hematoma."

Montreal Children's Hospital: "Finger and Toe Injuries."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Toe Injury."

Baylor Scott and White Health, McLane Children's: "Nail Bed Injury."

Fairview Health Services: "Patient information: Detached Fingernail or Toenail."

Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University: "Why is my toenail falling off?"

NHS Choices: "Nail abnormalities."

American Family Physician : "Nail Abnormalities: Clues to Systemic Disease."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Podiatry Today : "How To Address Nail Bed Injuries."

National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics: "10.04 Finger or toenail avulsion," "10.07 Subungual Hematoma."

Montreal Children's Hospital: "Finger and Toe Injuries."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Toe Injury."

Baylor Scott and White Health, McLane Children's: "Nail Bed Injury."

Fairview Health Services: "Patient information: Detached Fingernail or Toenail."

Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University: "Why is my toenail falling off?"

NHS Choices: "Nail abnormalities."

American Family Physician : "Nail Abnormalities: Clues to Systemic Disease."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 07, 2019

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