Can damaged toenail beds be repaired?
Many injuries to your nail bed can be fully repaired. For example, your nail should return to normal after a subungual hematoma is drained. However, some severe injuries can lead to a deformed nail. This is more likely when the base of your nail bed is injured.
How do you treat a nail bed after toenail removal?
Wash around the wound with water twice daily, as directed. Keep the toe covered with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment, as recommended, and a nonstick bandage during the first week. Remove the bandage when you sleep, beginning in the second week post-surgery, to promote healing.
What happens if you remove an entire toenail?
A doctor may decide to remove the entire toenail. Removing the whole nail makes it more likely that the nail will grow back misshapen or deformed, which can increase the risk of future ingrown toenails. It can take up to 18 months for the nail to regrow fully. This procedure is also called complete nail plate avulsion.
How do you treat a damaged toenail?
First, clean the area with an antiseptic agent as tolerated. Second, apply an antibiotic ointment with a band-aid. If part of your toenail has fallen off or is detached, it is wise to let a doctor remove the remaining portion to avoid more pain or exposing your nail bed to infection.
How do you fix a separated nail bed?
What is the treatment for onycholysis?
- Clip the affected portion of the nail and keep the nail(s) short with frequent trimming.
- Minimise activities that traumatise the nail and nailbed.
- Avoid potential irritants such as nail enamel, enamel remover, solvents, and detergents.
When should toenail be removed?
Surgical nail removal is usually performed only when a large portion of the nail is diseased and damaged or if your nails are very painful. In some cases, only the diseased portion is removed, not the entire nail.