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A 28-year-old male asked:

Slammed finger in car door. old nail is black and starting to come off. should i cut off the remaining part and clean the skin under? how?

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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 of infection: redness, swelling, increased pain, pus.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Yes: Keep the nail very short. Clip off the portion of nail not attached. Gently wash. Avoid bandaids, antiseptics, peroxide, bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic. Lubricate with vaseline, hand cream. It takes 6 months to grow a new finger nail.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2015

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