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I broke my toe nail the middle one and it's almost coming off and the tear is on the nail bed and i don't know what I should do ?

I broke my toe nail the middle one and it's almost coming off and the tear is on the nail bed and i don't know what I should do ?

See a podiatrist: Buy some over the counter anti fungal drops, not cream, at th drug store and begin using this as directed on the nail bed. The nail needs to be cleanly removed, so your family doc or a podiatrist can do,this in sterile fashion, and inspect to insure you don't have other problems you missed in your exam. ...Read more

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Toe Fracture (Definition)

Toe fracture describes the fracture or break of a bone in the toes. Patients with toe fractures may have significant pain, swelling, bruising, or ...Read more


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A heavy bowl fell on my big toe, my toe nail is blue n green and throbbing, have I broke my toe?

No: Unless the injury is very severe the more common cause would be subungual hematoma. That is blood under the nail plate and is very painful. Go to an urgent care center or emergency room. The doctor can use electro cautery to make holes in the nail plate and express the blood out giving immediate relief. ...Read more

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Are there lazer treatments for repairing damaged toenail beds? I broke my toe four years ago and damaged the nailbed and the toe nail has never been able to grow all the way back.

The : The only treatment that I am aware of involves a surgery where your nail bed is reconstructed by surgically grafting parts from other fingers or toes nail beds. Honestly, I do not know a lot about this procedure but i wanted to inform you there is a possible way to fix the nail. You should consult a podiatrist for a consultation and to discuss all your options. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Few years back my toe nail got crushed accidentally . It was not a major injury but since then my nail has been growing upwards. Can I correct the upward growth of the nail ?

Few years back my toe nail got crushed accidentally . It was not a major injury but since then my nail has been growing upwards. Can I correct the upward growth of the nail ?

Possible fungus : Often an injury will result in loss of nail with the new nail growing back with fungal involvement. A sampling of the nail should be submitted for fungal culture and if positive it may respond to anti fungal treatment and improve. ...Read more

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Will your toe nail grow back after losing it?

Will your toe nail grow back after losing it?

It should: Unless there was a severe trauma which damaged the nail matrix(root) from which nail grows. Usually nail grows back. This will usually take several months depending on which toe. ...Read more

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Where do I go for an ingrowing toe nail issue?

Podiatrist: A podiatrist ( foot doctor) can help you the most with an ingrown toenail. Once the nail is ingrown, it is highly unlikely that the nail will grow out normal. It generally needs the edge or the entire nail removed permanently. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a bad toe nail?

What can I do to fix a bad toe nail?

Toe nail: Depends what caused the condition. If fungal it would need to treated with an anti-fungal medication or with some type of debridement. The nail may have injured in the past and need surgical correction. An ingrown nail may cause a local infection and should be removed by podiatrist. ...Read more

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Are there any potential complications you could have from tearing off a toe nail?

Are there any potential complications you could have from tearing off a toe nail?

Maybe: After having a nail (finger or toe) removed or torn off, you need to know the status of the underlying nail bed. If the nail bed has been badly damaged or has not been repaired well, the growing nail may lift off as it grows out. ...Read more

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My husband has a toe nail that is rotten & black & the nail is coming off , what could be the cause ?

Most likely Fungus: This sounds like a fungal infection of the toenail. There are various treatment options. Topicals don't work well, but may if you are aggressive with treatment. Oral medication may be needed. This conditiion may be caused by repetitive trauma. Have him see your local podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options. Dr l. ...Read more

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