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Old 06-08-2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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FlynHokie HB User
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!


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Old 06-08-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Nail injury - nail separating from finger question

I had this - ugh!! - I just put a plaster around it for a while - can't remember how long but it eventually just came off - painlessly.

Old 06-13-2010, 05:48 PM   #3
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Re: Nail injury - nail separating from finger question

ugh this happened to my big toe about 8 months ago (hit it against a metal door) my would lift up alot and cause me alot of pain,so i just put a bandaid around it and it made things quite will probably just fall of soon,mine did about 3 days after. then it might grow back.mine only grew halfway.sometimes they dont grow back.

hope you feel better soon.

Old 06-16-2010, 06:13 AM   #4
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Re: Nail injury - nail separating from finger question

Thanks for the reply. The sides of the nail have completely separated from the bed now. It's only hanging on by the root. I've taped it up to keep it from flapping around - since we're at the beach on vacation and swimming isn't too comfortable with it. Hopefully it will fall off soon.

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