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Toe Nail Regrowth

locomotivemanlocomotiveman Registered User
edited April 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So, last week I dropped a couch corner on my big toe while wearing sandals. As you can imagine this smashed up the nail really nicely and part of it had to come off, which wasn't any trouble it got washed out gauzed up and all. My question is how long will this take to grow back, I lost a triangular area about 7 mm by 10 mm by 5 mm and frankly the feeling is annoying at best and pretty painful at times.

TDLR: Lost part of toenail when can I expect it back?

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar QA Tester -> Game Producer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Nails grow fairly quickly.

    The main thing is that when they grow back from damage, they often grow back thicker and more textured.

    I advise you not pick at it or anything.

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  • MephistophelesMephistopheles Registered User regular
    edited April 2008
    It's hard to say without seeing the actual toe and varying growth rates of nails. It's not unusual after major trauma to your nail for the new stuff to grow underneath the old stuff. It's actually good for this to happen, as it prevents the nail bed from being exposed. If that happens, you'll have to wait a couple months at least.

    As someone very experienced in being toenailess, yes it does suck. Just make sure you prevent infection of the bed and you'll be good in a couple months.

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  • GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    It's hard to say without seeing the actual toe and varying growth rates of nails. It's not unusual after major trauma to your nail for the new stuff to grow underneath the old stuff. It's actually good for this to happen, as it prevents the nail bed from being exposed. If that happens, you'll have to wait a couple months at least.

    As someone very experienced in being toenailess, yes it does suck. Just make sure you prevent infection of the bed and you'll be good in a couple months.

    yeah, it took my big toe about 3 months for the toenail to grow back underneath and dump the old one off, and even then it's only like 3/4 regrown

  • vytroxvytrox Registered User
    edited April 2008
    I had an ingrown toenail cut out a few years ago, and it does suck. It took a while to fully regrow, but the exposed skin did desensitize a bit.

    Invest in a box of band-aids and some thick soft socks.

  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime "We're ready to believe you..." FireSideWizardRegistered User regular
    edited April 2008
    Keep you're eye on it for ingrown toenails - as stated before, they suck.

    Also, make sure it gets a lot of open air so the nail bed doesn't get infected. Epsons salt is good for soaking.

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