Re: ripped my toenail

Once the nail is seperated from the bed it does not reattach. A new nail will grow out and push the old one off. Under normal circumstances it takes a year for a nail to grow from start to finish. When it has been damaged, it grows faster.

If the nail is not swelling up or getting infected, leaving it on is probably ok. If there is a great deal of blood underneath, evacuating the hematoma is necessary. If the nail bed is lacerated, I usually remove the nail. Even if this happens, the nail beds dries out after a week or so.

As far as making it grow faster, I do not know of anything reliable to do this. It will grow at the rate your body wants.

Posted By Vivian Abrams DPM on July 29, 2004 at 23:19:24:

In Reply to: ripped my toenail posted by Shy on July 29, 2004 at 17:47:38:

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