toenail staying on via small flap of skin

Hi:

I am recovering from a trauma injury to my big toe nail, which blistered, and then, the blister drained. I have RICE'd the big toe, and after the blister drained, soaked the big toe at least once a day in hot water, afterwhich, applying gauze with bacitracin, and a covering bandage. Now the toenail is loose enough where I can move it easily out of its' socket. I've been applying bacitracin to the nail bed, and wrapping that in gauze. Do I need the loose toenail present, as a form of protection? I feel quite hesitant about pulling the nail off. Also, how soon do you think I can resume my percussive (tap/clogging) dance activities?

Thanks very much in advance.

Susannah

Posted By susannah on January 09, 2006 at 15:48:51:

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