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Old 04-03-2002, 10:40 AM   #1
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Am I going to lose my nail?

I smashed by finger in a door about a month ago. Got a nasty bruise, but had no swelling under the nail. The bruise was at one corner of the base and looked like it was going to grow out. But just this morning I noticed that it looked like there was no new nail coming in at the base. Just a bruised moist area. Does this mean I'm going to lose my nail? Can I do anything to prevent it? If I do lose the nail, what can I do to keep the area infection-free until a new nail grows back? Any advice will be welcome. Thanks.

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Old 04-03-2002, 11:27 AM   #2
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Re: Am I going to lose my nail?

hi! welcome to the boards! that happened to me once and the doctor had to drill a hole in the middle of my nail to make a hole for air to get in and dry the moisture up. he also put me on antibiotics so i wouldn't get an infection. i was initially told that there was a chance my nail wouldn't grow again, but it did and now there are no signs of my prior trouble. i would get it checked, especially if there's any moisture there, just to be on the safe side. also, what the doctor did didn't hurt one bit! good luck, i know it hurts! kim. <IMG SRC="">

Old 04-03-2002, 07:02 PM   #3
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Re: Am I going to lose my nail?

I slammed my finger in the car door a couple of years ago. My finger swelled and the finger under the nail became black and blue and eventually the nail did fall off. But, within six monthes a new one grew in perfectly. I didn't think it would. But it is fine now.

Old 04-04-2002, 07:10 AM   #4
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Re: Am I going to lose my nail?

Whenever the nail bed receives a bump hard enough to ccause a hematoma, the plate will separate from the nail bed in that area. As the plate grows forward, the damaged nail plate cells will separate from the new, baby cells being formed in the matrix. the leading edge of the matruix can be seen as the white half-moon at the base of the nail. Sometimes, when there is damage to the nail bed, these cells will retain their inner material and remain soft in an effort to protect the damaged nail bed. As the matrix developes new cells behind this 'soft' portion, they will begin to lose their inner material and become flat and hard. You will only lose the portion of nail plate that has been damaged. The only way to lose the nail entirely is for the damage to be localized entirely to the matrix. Keep it clean and dry to insure that no infectious bacteria or fungal spores can enter the site and breed into a full blown infection.

Old 04-04-2002, 04:51 PM   #5
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Re: Am I going to lose my nail?

My two big toe nails fell off twice in my life! From wearing very tight ice-skates when I was a teenager, my nails were pressed so hard they bruised. One fell off, and there was a soft coated nail underneath, which eventually grew into a new nail.
It happened again with very tight sneakers recently. They were bruised from rubbing and turned black and blue, and yellow underneath. About halfway up some of the nail came off, and a soft nail was underneath, then eventually a hard nail grew in it's place. I went to the podiatrist and he said he couldn't do anything about it, just to wait till the nails grew back.

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