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How should I treat nail avulsion?

How should I treat nail avulsion?

Mostly observation: If the nail plate was avulsed cleanly and the nail bed (matrix) has not been damaged, then only observation is necessary. Keep the area clean and dry. The nail plate usually takes about 6 months to grow from the cuticle to the tip of the digit. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to see a board certified hand surgeon. ...Read more

Avulsions (Definition)

An avulsion is the result of a spraining type of injury where either a ligamentous or tendinous attachment pulls off a piece of the bone at its insertion site. Some avulsions will heal with rest and immobilization, ...Read more


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How to treat nail avulsion?

How to treat nail avulsion?

Depends: It really depends on how the nail was avulsed and whether the entire nail was avulsed. If this was a crush injury and there is a laceration to the nailbed, then that should be surgically repaired. Also, if not treated properly, the eponychial fold (proximal nail fold) can scar to the sterile matrix preventing nail re-growth. These are typically simple injuries best treated by a hand surgeion. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for nail avulsion?

Is there a cure for nail avulsion?

Time: An avulsed nail comes off at the root. If the root is not disturbed by crushing or direct injury, the nail will regrow. There is no way to speed this up although a well balanced diet is helpful. The regrowth speed depends upon the nail involved - hands are faster than feet for instance. ...Read more

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I have had a total nail avulsion on one toe and have been dressing it for about 2 months now. Is there anything unusual about this situation?

I have had a total nail avulsion on one toe and have been dressing it for about 2 months now. Is there anything unusual about this situation?

2 months: Is a long time to still be needing to dress this! you may have an infection or still have a piece of nail in there that's delaying or preventing healing. It might be time to get another opinion... ...Read more

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What is nail avulsion?

Torn from bed: An avulsion injury refers to something being torn away. In the case of a nail avulsion, the nail is torn away from its bed. It's pretty painful! ...Read more

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Where to get an nail avulsion?

Two choices: A podiatrist will do this and some dermatologists. ...Read more

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What's the outcome of nail avulsion?

What's the outcome of nail avulsion?

Most nail injuries: such as an avulsion look worse than they are. the nail plate, the hard nail comes off but if the underlying nail bed is ok, the nail grows back in a few months. laceration to the sterile nail matrix or the germinal matrix (the root of the nail can affect growth ...Read more

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What the heck is nail avulsion really?

What the heck is nail avulsion really?

Nails: Nail avulsion is quite simply the removal of a nail. Done under local anesthesia. Can be done for a number of reasons but one common reason is due to chronic ingrown nails. ...Read more

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Why would a person have to get partial nail avulsion?

Why would a person have to get partial nail avulsion?

Ingrown nail?: An ingrown nail or a pincer nail may be treated with a nail avulsion in order to remove the piece of nail growing into the skin and causing an inflammatory foreign body reaction / providing an entry point for infection. ...Read more