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Old 05-15-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Black and blue toenail won't fall off

Hi there. I bumped my toe about a week and a half ago, and it turned black and blue. However, since it was only the bottom of the toe, it has not fallen off. So basically I believe the nail has separated from the nail bed only on the side and bottom of the nail. Today I was cleaning my nail (with the sharp pointy stick for cleaning stuff out from under your nails, and I dug a little too deep, and some water and blood came out (the blood could have been from me poking myself with the pointy cleaning stick, but I'm not sure). I am worried that now the nail bruise is not sterile, and I could now get an infection. What should I do? Thanks for all your help.

 
Old 05-16-2011, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Black and blue toenail won't fall off

A black and blue nail IS a pool of blood under the nail. Apparently you released it by poking. If you release the blood soon enough after the injury, it's actually possible to save the nail, but a week and a half is usually too late.

Leave it alone and wait. This is the nail on your big toe? Then it'll take a long time, months, for a new nail to grow in underneath. But one day it will, and your dead nail will fall off, and then you will have a healthy toenail again.

To prevent infection from getting under there, wear clean dry socks and don't go barefoot in public locker rooms.

 
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