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Old 11-29-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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I accidentally made a small hole in my thumb nail and.....

My thumbnail has ridges accross it, side to side. One of the ridges developed into a snag and I tried to pull it off. This created a small hole in the nail, near the cudicle clear through to the nailbed. A day or so later the nailbed became swollen and probably infected and began to "mushroom" up through the small hole. It's now very tender and painful. I've seen two doctors; one put me on antiobiotics, which gave no real relief. The other did nothing and referred me to an orthopedic doctor. The ortho has now declined my appt saying it's outside the scope of his practice. Has anyone heard of this type of condition or injury? If so can you offer advise? What kind of doctor should I see?

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Old 11-29-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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Re: I accidentally made a small hole in my thumb nail and.....

Keep taking the oral antibiotics, but do not apply antibacterial ointment as this will only keep it wet. Soak it a couple times a day in very cold water to help alleviate the swelling. The swelling is just the nail bed pushing up through the hole and you need to dry it out. After you saok it in the cold water, dry it as best you can with a soft paper towel. Apply a drop of peroxide to prevent infection and to help dry it out. You will need to do this for at least two weeks. After that, do not file the surface of your nails that much. The nail plate is much thinner than you might think and it is too easy to file off vital nail plate layers.

If you need to see a physician, see your dermatologist.

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Old 11-30-2007, 08:15 AM   #3
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Re: I accidentally made a small hole in my thumb nail and.....

Very helpful tips...thank you. I'll be back in a couple of weeks to post the outcome.

 
Old 12-07-2007, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: I accidentally made a small hole in my thumb nail and.....

Good news...this treatment seems to be working. The protruding tissue seems to be drying up and getting smaller.

 
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