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should i keep my finger covered until the nail grows back

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. I can’t diagnose your condition. However, onycholysis can occur after trauma to the nail. The nail becomes loose from the nail bed and can t ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Tobin
37 years experience Podiatry
Depends: If the blood supply to the nail bed is adequate, then a new nail will grow back.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Soroosh Armandi
15 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Most likely yes!: I wouldn't worry, it should grow back!
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Sure: Covering the nailbed with a band-aid will not affect eventual regrowth one way or another. The only way it won't regrow is if you damaged the deep cu ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
To prevent trauma: If three days, body makes a protective cover for a small wound. You may keep a band-aid on to avoid trauma to the wound. For good health - Have a diet ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred Birnbaum
42 years experience Podiatry
Depends: If the nail can be removed cleanly, whether partially or fully, you can try- in a clean-as-possible setting and apply some antibiotic cream and a non- ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Nail avulsion: Nail avulsions occur then the nail is detached from the matrix/bed beneath it. The existing nail is likely to fall off, and with time a new one shoul ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Warts: Left alone, most warts will eventually go away. It takes six months to two years for the body to fight off the virus. If a wart isn't causing any prob ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wenjay Sung
13 years experience Podiatry
Callus: The tip of the nail bed can sometime have a callus that interrupts the path of the nail growth. It may be prudent to trim away at the callus at the t ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marni Friedman
Specializes in Family Medicine
Soak it: Soak the finger in warm soapy water daily to keep it clean. Let the damaged portion fall off on its own. Have a doctor look at it if there are signs ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Visit a foot doc: Who will be able to remove any foreign body that is bothering you.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You : You need to go to the doctor. If the area around your cut is now swollen, you are in pain and wound is gapping - it is likely that you do have an infe ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
GREAT TOENAIL INJURY: THE BLUE COLOR AT THE CUTICLE IS TRAPPED BLOOD. NOT TO WORRY. IT WILL ALL GROW OUT PROPERLY IN A FEW MONTHS. BE CAREFUL . . .
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jason Hess
19 years experience Plastic Surgery
Subungual hematoma: When a nail is crushed or injured, sometimes a hematoma (blood collection) forms beneath the nail. This can cause pressure on the nail sterile or ger ... Read More
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A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Depends: Depends on the size and depth of the wound. Usually a cut such as you describe is too small for stitches and does well with a tight bandage. Lubricate ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
44 years experience Emergency Medicine
YouHaveAFrailNail??: Depends on why the nail was removed and also how it was removed.So let's assume it was removed for a good reason.But we don't know what happened to th ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Most do: As long as the nail bed and matrix are healthy the nail will gradually re-emerge.In infancy it is faster than adults but still grows slowly, about 2 m ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: If no infection that nail may fall of after a while with a nail growing under it.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marc Schumann
31 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Injury toe: You should keep the skin intact clean' apply a topical anabiotic and keep covered with a Band-Aid.if toe becomes red or swollen you should see a podia ... Read More
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louise Andrew
45 years experience Emergency Medicine
Apply superglue: which will dry into a protective shell. It will come off in a couple of days of handwashing and you can then apply again.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
40 years experience Preventive Medicine
If nail growth plate: was damaged (likely), then this (without far better understanding & strategies than currently available) will likely be life long. Our bodies evol ... Read More

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