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Finger Nail ripped clean off, question please.

  1. 0 My 14 yo son dropped a 70 lb hand weight on his hand and his nail was ripped off tearing his cuticle waaayyyy back. Should it be allowed to dry out, or keep it covered with antibiotic cream and bandage? Thank you
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  3. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
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    I would keep it covered with antibiotic cream and bandage. I mean, it'll need some sort of protection since the nail is no longer there.

    Might want to see a doctor though.
  4. Visit  studentNY profile page
    #2 0
    Thank you
  5. Visit  Jolie profile page
    #3 0
    Please get him to the doctor. Without any nail tissue present, the nail might not grow back properly, if at all. It needs to be seen and treated to minimize the possibility of his having a permanent deformity.
  6. Visit  P_RN profile page
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    Ewwwww I HATE fingernail stuff......ewwwww.

    I agree consult the doctor.
  7. Visit  Katnip profile page
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    My son ripped of four fingernails while skateboarding (don't ask). We took him to the doc. All they did was put antibiotic cream on the nail bed and kept them well dressed. I changed the dressing daily.

    Fortunately, all of his nails grew back normally. The doc said he had a better chance of them coming in abnormally wavy, ridged, or thick.

    My husband dropped an anvil on his toe when he was 5. (Another don't ask) His toenail came in very opaque and thickened. I don't know what his doc did for it, if anything.
  8. Visit  pinkiepie profile page
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    I lost an entire finger nail to a shopping cart wheel at 7 (long story). My parents took me to the doctor and they kept it covered with antibiotic salve and a dressing for what seemed like forever, it was probably just a week or two. It did grow back and in the mean time I had a cool "ET finger"
  9. Visit  nursemike profile page
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    took mine off with a hammer. surprisingly, the skin underneath wasn't all that tender. didn't do much treatment--kept a band aid on it at first, and it grew back just fine. It was actually the third blow that did it. Talk about sticking out like a sore thumb! Did quit early that day.
  10. Visit  wensday profile page
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    Dropped a brick on my toe and lost the nail, dressed it and it grew back fine apart from one tiny groove.
  11. Visit  bargainhound profile page
    #9 0
    The new spray on Bandaid type sprays also are very helpful and stop the pain by protecting the raw area.
  12. Visit  maire profile page
    #10 0
    No useful response here, just /shudder owowowowowowowowowow

  13. Visit  Marie_LPN, RN profile page
    #11 0
    It's weird, puke, blood, etc. doesn't bother me, yet i get the shudders over a fingernail injury too lol.
  14. Visit  twiggii profile page
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    i slammed my car door on my thumb and it ripped my nail and the acrylic mostly off it was only hanging by a piece of skin, so i took it off... was that a bad thing to do? will it heal ok? how do i treat it? please help because this really hurts