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I got a tetenous shot last april, but I just stepped on a nail, it's may now, should I go get another shot? I cleaned the puncture with an aid kit
You're good.: Tetanus vaccine is generally good for 10 years. ...Read more
Nail injury: Keep it clean, protect it with band aid. Keep the portion of the nail bed which is missing the nail clean, protected. Most nail injuries heal slowly and well as long as the nail bed has not been disrupted, Typically tearing of nails without a crush component heal with return of a normal nail! ...Read more
What do I do after my feet stepped on a nail, it went through the top...?? Quick first aid please?
Cleanse pressure: Cleanse the wound and irrigate the wound optimally with normal saline but at least with soap and water or diluted hydrogen peroxide. Requires a tetanus shot if not up to date on tetanus vaccination. Pressure to the foot circumferentially should control bleeding. Seek follow up with primary care doctor puncture wounds should not be sutured shut.. ...Read more
Stubbed my pinky toe and now the nail has been lifted up off the nail bed, but is still attached at the base. What first aid procedure should I do?
Nail avulsion: Nail avulsions occur then the nail is detached from the matrix/bed beneath it. The existing nail is likely to fall off, and with time a new one should develop, although it's appearance may be altered. Treatment is supportive. Keeping the foot elevated, wrapping the toe in a bandage, cool compresses and pain medications are typically advised. Nail removal may be needed to prevent snagging. ...Read more
Big toe nail fell completely off & new nail is growing looks pretty good so far should I keep it covered w/band aid? It's embarrassing when in public.
Yes,: If nothing else, to control the embarrassment. ...Read more
Can taking biotin with other vitamins that aid in the growth of hair, skin and nails be harmful together?
Not harmful: Also not useful. You are wasting your money. No vitamins do what you describe. Biotin is strictly a sucker game. ...Read more
Can I take supplements: hair, skin, nails (3, 000 mcg) and amino acids safely together to aid my hair and nails? I have a diet low in meat.
Yes: There are many good non-meat sources of Amino Acids including dairy, eggs, beans, nuts ; seeds but if you are concerned you are deficient in Amino Acids it is certainly safe to take them in supplement form. There is no reason you can't take Amino Acids and vitamins/minerals together. ...Read more
My 2 year old son smached his hand and now his middle finger nail is falling off what should I do? He keeps crying and I already put a band aid?
Remove nail: If its ready to fall off, help it off. Hopefully anew nail will grow back. ...Read more
Not enough: Info here to best tell you how to care for your hand. Consider clarifying and re-asking. Take care. ...Read more
ELECTRICAL BURNS:: If puts metal object e.G paper clip, spoon handle, finger into the outlet, electrical injury occur. Electricity wants quick path to ground resulting in: burn, muscle spasm/fatigue, unconsciousness, breathing difficulty. In severe case cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, death. Don't touch, shove the victim away with broom handle or dry cotton towel, check breath, pulse, burn, seek medical help. ...Read more
My sister has a first aid burn on her hand (she dropped a niscafe on her shoulder? How can she treat the burn
1st degree burns: First degree burns involve only the first layer of skin, and usually appear red (like sunburn). Blistering does not generally occur with this type, although some peeling can appear during healing. Treatment consists of cooling the burn with cool water, and keeping covered with a non-adherent dressing. OTC pain meds may be useful. First degree burns usually heal well without scarring. ...Read more
I got glass in hand, heavy bleeding did quick first aid and stopped bleeding, X-ray in morning. Risk of infection or nerve damage? I have no parasthe
Laceration: You may need stitches if there was heavy bleeding. If the glass was dirty then it is important to clean and disinfect the laceration. Rubbing alcohol is a good start for cleaning the site. Keep the hand elevated and use ice to reduce inflammation and swelling until you can get to a doctor to evaluate the laceration. ...Read more
Many causes`: There are many causes of nail clubbing. The most common is lung disease, then heart disease, gastrointestinal (as malabsorbtion), liver disease (cirrhosis), thyroid and even a congenital born defect called eisenmenger syndrome. ...Read more
Healthy nails: For nail health: 1. Don’t bite nails to avoid infections. 2. Keep nails clean & dry. 3. Clip nails straight across (rounded in center) to prevent them from becoming ingrown. Don’t push back cuticles. Use emery board for irregular nails 4. Insure that your shoes fit properly & that they don’t squeeze your toes. 5. Alternate the shoes you wear. 6. Apply moisturizing cream to nails. 7. If nails are thick & hard to cut you can soak in salt water x 5 to10” followed by application of lactic acid cream or urea. 8. Wear flip flops in public showers / pools to avoid fungal infections. 9. Don’t do bathroom surgery. ...Read more
Blue nails: This is seen in hepatolenticular degeneration. Also seen in hemoglobin m disease and hereditary acrolabial telangiectases. If the fingers are also blue then this implies a higher than normal carbon dioxide level - like in heavy smokers. ...Read more
If all your nails: Are clubbed, this is usually a sign of chronic lung or heart disease and sometimes thyroid disease. Start with your pcp to get a work-up to see about an underlying cause. If only one or two nails are clubbed, it might be from a local reason, either from irritation, a local problem with the blood supply. Clubbing of the nails is not a thing you should ignore. It can be a sign of something serious. ...Read more
Nail ridges: Most people have some ridges on their nails and this is normal. If ridges are new or different, then see your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more