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Old 05-10-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Nail Growth after infection

My daughter had an infection that was caused by her nail biting, She developed an abcess that was drained and took antibiotics. But the nail lifted in the part where it attaches to the cuticle (this is where it was poked to be drained) Now that the infection has cleared and nail growing the part where it lifted looks like a raised bump. To me it looks like hard skin instead of nail growing. I did cut the nail after it started lifting because I figured it would grow back but instead this bump like thing is forming. I read somewhere about pterygium and wondering if this is what it is. I am also wondering about cortisone treatment as I also read that it could be scar tissue? Please help!

 
Old 05-10-2006, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Nail Growth after infection

The 'bump' was caused by being "poked" to drain the fluid buildup. Whenever the nail bed sustains any kind of damage, it will respond by causing a bump on the surface of the nail plate. Also, where the nail was poked will cause it to separate from the nail bed. Keep it clean and dry and it will be fine. The bump should grow forward with the emerging nail plate and end up being pushed off the free edge. The new nail may grow in with a slight bump or depression as it grows over the damaged nail bed; however, when the nail bed heals, the nail plate will grow in with a normal shape. this can take anywhere from 3 months or more depending on her genetics and if you can keep her fingers out of her mouth. If she is a nail biter, you need to dedicate yourself to breaking her of the habit while she is young. If you do not, she will be a nail biter all her life.

 
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