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.
Last edited by Marti; 11-29-2007 at 06:54 PM.