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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.

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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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