Re: my toe nail bed hurts
You need to soak it in cold water at least twice a day to help alleviate the pain. After soaking, dry it as well as you can and apply a drop of peroxide to help prevent infection and to help dry out the exposed nail bed. DO NOT use a bandaid as it allows too much moisture to build up in the skin - if you have to wrap it, use plain gauze and tie it onto the toe with the ends of the gauze. This will allow the natural moisture to evaporate. Wear open toe shoes until the nail bed dries out, which can take about 2 weeks. After that, wear shoes that are not tight on the toes or put downward pressure on the nail bed.
Keep it clean and dry and it should heal correctly. I am not an advocate of antibacterial creams or ointments for use on the nail bed as it can mascerate the wound, taking longer to heal. The peroxide will do the same thing as the ointment, but will allow the skin to dry out and harden as it should.