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A 17-year-old female asked:

hurt my toe at work a few weeks ago and my toe nail turned yellow. it is no longer attached to the base but is attached on the sides. will it fall of?

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Dr. Fred Birnbaum
Podiatry 43 years experience
Subungual hematoma: This is a term which means blood accumulation under the nail. Usually from a minor trauma, but frequently seen in runners, it sometimes will bleed initially and the nail is raised off the nail bed. You can cut the nail short up to where it's still attached, or it may detach itself over time. It will grow back, sometimes thicker and discolored

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A 44-year-old female asked:

I injured my big toe three months ago at the gym kicking a punching bag. The toe nail is still very bruised but it doens't hurt. How much longer heals?

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Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Podiatry 36 years experience
6 months: Toenails take nearly 9 months to grow from back to front, so if the injury happened 3 months ago, you still have a half year until the bruise underneath completely resolves, assuming it started at the very back of the nail.

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