A plucked nail is an unfortunate experience that can make simple tasks painful and difficult. In today's article, I will tell you how to alleviate this condition, and whether it is possible to heal an injured nail.
A plucked nail is most often not a life-threatening condition. However, it is quite painful and aesthetically unpleasant, so it is not surprising why many people are interested in ways to restore a damaged nail.
Causes of a plucked nail
Since our fingernails and toenails often come into contact with otherworldly objects, it's prone to damage. Anyone who works with their hands, plays, runs or walks is at risk of nail damage. That is all! :) Long fingernails only increase your chance of injury, because it's the easiest to tear off the nail bed. And in the case of toenails, it is easy to tear off the nail by hooking on the toe of sports shoes. Nails may also be more prone to this type of injury if you have psoriasis, use strong chemicals to remove nail polish, or take certain medications while undergoing chemotherapy.
Signs of a plucked nail
The symptoms that you have plucked or slightly torn your nail are quite obvious on a simple examination. After a traumatic event, part of the nail, or even the entire nail, is no longer attached to the nail bed. Most often this is accompanied by a little bleeding and moderate pain (although who am I trying to fool, the pain is completely immoderate, because for any girl to lose a nail is akin to a disaster) :)
How to treat a plucked nail
As I noted above, most often a plucked nail entails a little bleeding, and thus can cause us girls to panic. :) Therefore, first you need to calm down and focus on the correct processing of the nail, especially if it is only partially torn.
So what can you do in such a case:
- Trim or file all sharp edges of the torn nail (if it is partially torn off). This is to prevent a torn nail from interacting with your clothing, for example, as this can lead to worse tearing.
- If a nail injury has caused damage to the nail bed, you can cover the injured nail with a sterile breathable band-aid. This will protect the damaged nail bed from dirt and bacteria.
- If the area around the nail is also damaged due to the breakdown, it is recommended to apply an antibiotic ointment to minimize the possibility of infection. Wash the wound and apply a thin layer of ointment, then cover with adhesive tape.
- If a torn nail is bleeding, soak your finger in cold water to stop the bleeding.
- If you have damaged the nail bed, make sure you use clean nail tools to treat the injured area. This way you reduce the risk of wound infection. Also, change the band-aid regularly, especially if it comes into contact with water, as it is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.
If you have completely torn off the nail, then all efforts should be directed to caring for the damaged nail bed in order to prevent infection and ensure healthy growth of a new nail. A severed nail will NOT grow back. If, as a result of an injury, the nail has already come off the nail bed, then by no means can you force it to grow back. Moreover, you should not try to stick it, even for aesthetic purposes, because this can negatively affect further restoration, as well as cause an allergic reaction. A torn nail that has not completely separated from the nail bed will also not return to its original state in the injured area. Your new nail will always grow back from the cuticle , but it is very important to take care of the damaged area under the nail, as the nail bed is especially vulnerable there.
How long does it take for a nail to grow back
Fingernails grow at a rate of about 4 mm per month. Toenails grow more slowly, about half. It turns out that the nails can fully recover within three to six months. BUT! If the nail plate or matrix has been damaged, such nails grow more slowly than healthy ones, and it will take about three more months for the nail to fully grow back.
Complications with a torn nail
If the nail matrix is damaged, the growing nail plate will contain a defect. A little damage will result in minor defects. And more significant defects can lead to permanent deformation of the nail. Damage and scarring of the nail bed can cause white spots on the growing nail.
When to seek medical help
If there are any signs of infection, swelling, pus, or increased pain that you notice a few days after the injury, then a visit to the doctor is a must.
Take care of yourself and your nails, and let the problem of a broken nail bypass you! :)