Nail injury - nail separating from finger question
Hello, wonderful forum here.
I recently smashed my left thumb between a brick and a 3 lbs rubber mallet. The result was obvious pain, bleeding along my nail groove (sides of nail?), and a nice blood pool underneath the nail.
After a few days of high pressure under the nail, I relieved the pressure by burning a hole in the nail w/ a red hot paperclip, draining all the built up blood and fluid underneat the nail.
Now, 8 days later, the nail has detached from the thumb, but remains attached along the lower half of the nail groove, and along the bottom 'root' area.
I expect that i will lose this nail, and hopefully one will grow back. My concern right now is that I will catch the nail on something (picking up my son, or grabbing something wrong), and it will bend the nail back, ripping it away from my nail bed, causing serious pain.
Is there a recommended way to care for a nail that is falling off, but still attached at the base of the nail?
Thanks in advance!