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It can be very painful to tear or rip your nail from the nail bed. A nail may separate
from the nail bed (detach) for many reasons, including:
After a nail separates from the nail bed for whatever reason, it will
not reattach. A new nail will have to grow back in its place. Nails grow back
slowly. It takes about 6 months for a fingernail and up to 18 months for a
toenail to grow back.
Home treatment often helps relieve pain, promote healing, and
prevent infection. Treatment may involve removing the nail,
keeping the area dry to prevent infection, and waiting for a new nail to grow.
The infection or skin condition that caused the separated nail will also need
to be treated.
To prevent infection:
Have a doctor trim your nail if you:
October 7, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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