Re: How long will it take for a big toenail to grow back?
The nail plate will grow back on its own, but like I said, it can take up to a year depending on your genetics. Keep it clean and dry. After coming out of the pool, wash the toe with soap and water, dry it well and then cleanse it by wiping it with a lint-free wipe dampened with alcohol. This will help to remove excess moisture from the exposed nail bed. While the nail bed is exposed, you need to at least wear things or flip-flops to protect the exposed ksin form bacterial or fungal infections. Bacteria and fungi are prevalent in dirt, grass, etc, so if you continue to go barefoot, you risk further exposure to infection.