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Old 07-17-2008, 06:01 AM   #4
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Re: Fingernail Damage

Yes, remove the gauze. If it is dirty, it is holding bacteria that can end up causing infection and you don't need that.

The nail plate rides forward on the nail bed upon a series of rails and grooves, much like a train rides forward on its tracks. The rails areon the surface of the nail bed and the grooves are on the underside of the nail plate. If, for any reason, the rails on the nail bed are removed or turn into 'regular' skin from the lack of a proper covering (the nail plate) then a new nail would have nothing to attach to. Depending on your genetics for nail growth, you should have seen a little bit of new nail emerging from under the cuticle area in 5 weeks time. Maybe no more than 1/16th of an inch, but there should be something. Did he just remove the nail plate, or did he remove the root? The root lies deep under and behind the cuticle rea.