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My toenail is falling off from a trama a few months ago but there is a new one about halfway grown behind/underneath it. Is it safe to paint it?

My toenail is falling off from a trama a few months ago but there is a new one about halfway grown behind/underneath it. Is it safe to paint it?

You Decide...: I'm not sure just what you mean by safe, but, I can offer you this. Recently traumatized nails are more susceptible to developing fungal infections. Applying nail polish, and the subsequent use of polish removers, may put your new toenail at an increased risk of developing a nail fungus and all the issues of the involved treatment. Go figure. ...Read more

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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My toenail was ripped off back in October, a nail has halfway grown back. Is it safe to paint it??

My toenail was ripped off back in October, a nail has halfway grown back. Is it safe to paint it??

Yes: It is your replacement nail; so there are no problems punting it. All the best and happy that is growing in! It is slow. ...Read more

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Had an ingrown toenail removed at least 2 weeks ago. How long do I have to wait before I can paint my toenails?

Had an ingrown toenail removed at least 2 weeks ago. How long do I have to wait before I can paint my toenails?

Ask your Podiatrist: Every MD has his own criteria but suspect 2 wks is long enough unless it is not healing well or looks infected ...Read more

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Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Had total removal of infected ingrown toenail removed in May. Is ok to paint the skin while it grows back? Dr said could take 8 months to grow fully

Paint away Monet.: If that is want you want to do, there is no reason not to. You might occasionally visually inspect the application site to make sure you are not irritating the skin with the paint. For your information, sometimes after a total nail removal, the new nail may show some distortion. This distortion can be temporary or permanent. There is no way of telling until the begins to appear. ...Read more

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I miss my open toed sandals. Will intense pulsed light (ipl) technology kill toenail fungus? I have three very thick yellow toenails on my left foot. They are very ugly and embarrassing. I've tried painting an over-the-counter remedy on my toenails, but I

I miss my open toed sandals. Will intense pulsed light (ipl) technology kill toenail fungus? I have three very thick yellow toenails on my left foot. They are very ugly and embarrassing. I've tried painting an over-the-counter remedy on my toenails, but I

Laser therapy: I have been using laser fungal now therapy in my office for approximately 2 years. I find that the results are it proximally 70% for fungal clearance for my patients. Toenail fungus can recur in the future if the patient's hygiene is not changed. ...Read more

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I stepped on a bobby pin & it got into the side of my foot I took it out but it didn't have the black paint tip on. I am afraid it stayed inside my feet?

I stepped on a bobby pin & it got into the side of my foot I took it out but it didn't have the black paint tip on. I am afraid it stayed inside my feet?

I'm guessing...No.: You have no way of knowing if there was any paint on that area to begin with. Relax. If you are going to have a problem, you will know soon enough. Be alert to the start of swelling, redness, pain or heat in the area. Be prepared to go to the doctor at first sign of a problem. Keep us informed. ...Read more

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I have a spot on my foot, its red but its flat, smooth, not icthy and not painful. It looks just like a little red paint splash on my foot?

How old are you?: We cannot answer questions from minors. Add your age and country or state to your public profile please. Be honest! You expect it and so do we! ...Read more

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Can paint thinner cause black toe nails?

Can paint thinner cause black toe nails?

It can contribute: Pain thinner directly would not cause the discoloration but thinning out of the nail plate due to the chemicals could cause the toenails to become vulnerable to infection by fungus, yeast or bacteria. ...Read more

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While playing foot ball I got bad hert in of right leg first figure and it's swelling and also painting very much so what should I do to get relief?

While playing foot ball I got bad hert in of right leg first figure and it's swelling and also painting very much so what should I do to get relief?

Xray: Get an x-ray first to make sure there is no fracture. Over-the-counter medications such as Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen should help relieve the pain. Ice may help too. ...Read more

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I dropped a full tin of paint on my right foot it kept me awake all night throbbing etc its now swollen and discoloured but I can move my toes?

I dropped a full tin of paint on my right foot it kept me awake all night throbbing etc its now swollen and discoloured but I can move my toes?

Bruising & swelling?: Have an x-ray taken. Usually with a break, there is bleeding from the bone which leads to swelling and bruising to the toe and surrounding area. This is not always the case, but when I see this, I always take an x-ray to see. The fact that you can move your toes does not mean it can't be broken. Too much depends on the site and extent of the break to recommend treatmnent options. ...Read more

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I dropped a full tin of paint onto my foot last night it kept me awake all through the night throbbing/pulsating etc and today its swollen/purple?

I dropped a full tin of paint onto my foot last night it kept me awake all through the night throbbing/pulsating etc and today its swollen/purple?

Ouch!: Blunt force trauma, what occurs when you drop something on your foot, can cause a continuum of problems. On one end is soreness and bruising that resolves without treatment. At the other end fractures and soft tissue injuries can occur. Anything that doesn't improve in a few days needs to be looked at by a professional. ...Read more

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Toenail fell off, should I apply cream?

Depends if: The nail bed is raw or not. If raw it's a good idea, if it is dry, not necessary. ...Read more

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My big toenail fell off a couple of years ago due to apparent fungus. It partially grows and falls off again. How can I fix this?

My big toenail fell off a couple of years ago due to apparent fungus. It partially grows and falls off again. How can I fix this?

U may not be able to: There is something called keryflex you may want to try, a material is used on your real nail to basically act as an extension.
If your real nail is still fungal I would treat that and maybe try taking biotin and see if you have any luck... ...Read more

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Toenail fell off, what should I do?

Toenail fell off, what should I do?

See below: Keep the area clean and apply an over the counter antifungal to help the nail grow back normal. ...Read more

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Toenail fell off what should I do?

Fill in details: Toenails never "drop off". There is always a reason. You may wish to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Toenail fell off, will it grow back? How long will it take?

Toenail fell off, will it grow back? How long will it take?

Qiute a while...: Statistically, it will take 11 months for the big toenail to grow back. It will be quicker for the smaller nails and how good your circulation is. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my toenail fell offnow what, what do you suggest?

See Podiatrist: Who will evauate and treat as necessary. Several reasons this could happen including trauma infection or other condition. ...Read more

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My toenail fell off. How should I treat it and when will it grow back?

My toenail fell off. How should I treat it and when will it grow back?

Keep it clean: If there is infection, keep it clean. If it is bleeding, put gauze and pressure on it and elevate it. A large toenail sometimes takes 12 - 18 months to grow back. ...Read more

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My toenail fell off after I dropped heavy object on it. Will it regrow?

My toenail fell off after I dropped heavy object on it. Will it regrow?

Most likely: It may or may not grow back thickened and the bond to the nail bed could possibly be weakened a bit. Time will tell. ...Read more

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Supposing I lost a toenail, and it completely fell off. Does it ever grow back?

Growth Cells...: If the nail growth cells weren't damaged, it should grow back. When this happens to any of my patients, I recommend they apply lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra to the nail bed as the nail regrows in attempts to minimize the chance of nail fungal infection. ...Read more

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Toenail fell off and is now growing back pitched or ridged and is splitting down the middle!? Please help

It is possible that: The reason why it fell off was that you damaged it. If you did the nail may not grown normal. I would try to file the ridge and apply a covering to nourish the nail. ...Read more

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Toenail fell off and now big chunk of fungus. Could you help me?

Toenail fell off and now big chunk of fungus. Could you help me?

Don't worry.: Toenails very commonly fall off, sometimes due to fungus, sometimes due to trauma. If your toenail grows back (it usually does but not always), have a doctor take a sample and send it to a lab for identification. If it's a fungus, your doctor can help with treatment options. ...Read more