Should I go to the hospital if my nail is coming off?

Should I go to the hospital if my nail is coming off?

For more serious nail injuries, you should go to an urgent care center or the emergency room. They will stop the bleeding and clean the wound. Usually, the nail and finger or toe will be numbed with medicine before it is treated.

What is the first aid for nail injury?

Keep the nail bed dry, clean, and covered with petroleum jelly and an adhesive bandage until the nail bed is firm or the nail has grown back. Apply a new adhesive bandage whenever the bandage gets wet. Watch for signs of infection such as increasing heat, redness, pain, tenderness, swelling, or pus.

How do you treat nail avulsion?

How is medical nail avulsion undertaken?

  1. Clip back and pare down the nail so it is as short and thin as possible.
  2. Protect surrounding skin: apply tincture of benzoin then zinc oxide tape to the nail folds.
  3. Apply the urea preparation to exposed nail and bed.
  4. Cover with occlusive tape dressing.

How do you treat an exposed nail bed?

Protect any exposed part of the nail bed for 7 to 10 days until this skin hardens and isn’t sensitive anymore. Coat the area with antibiotic ointment and top with a nonstick bandage. Change the bandage every day and whenever it gets wet. (If any part gets stuck, soak it under warm running water until it slips off.)

What is a nail avulsion?

Your Care Instructions. Losing a toenail or fingernail because of an injury is called avulsion. The nail may be completely or partially torn off after a trauma to the area. Your doctor may have removed the nail, put part of it back into place, or repaired the nail bed.

Does nail grow back after nail avulsion?

Following surgical avulsion, the combined range of regrowth for both fingernails and toenails has been observed at 5 to 10 months. Elsewhere it is estimated that surgically avulsed fingernails in the average adult will completely regrow in 4 to 5 months, whereas toenails require twice as long, 10 to 18 months.

Do I need a tetanus shot for a small puncture?

You may need a tetanus jab if the injury has broken your skin and your tetanus vaccinations aren’t up-to-date. Tetanus is a serious but rare condition that can be fatal if untreated. The bacteria that can cause tetanus can enter your body through a wound or cut in your skin.

How do you treat a thorn puncture?

To take care of a puncture wound:

  1. Wash your hands. This helps prevent infection.
  2. Stop the bleeding. Apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth.
  3. Clean the wound. Rinse the wound with clear water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Apply an antibiotic.
  5. Cover the wound.
  6. Change the dressing.
  7. Watch for signs of infection.

How do you treat a nail avulsion at home?


  1. Keep your nail area clean, dry, and covered.
  2. Elevate your hand or foot above the level of your heart as often as you can for 24 hours.
  3. Apply ice on your wound area for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed.
  4. Do not wear tight shoes or shoes that do not fit well.

Does nail avulsion hurt?

Nail bed avulsion Some accidents can lift your nail away from your finger partially or completely. This is called nail bed avulsion, and it’s extremely painful. This injury is typically accompanied by bleeding and swelling, and it definitely calls for immediate medical attention.

How do I know if my nail bed is damaged?

If you have a deep cut in your nail bed, you should see a doctor, especially if it doesn’t stop bleeding. Subungual hematomas that cover more than a quarter of your nail also need medical treatment. If your finger is very swollen or painful, or if you think it’s fractured, you should see your doctor for an evaluation.

How quickly does tetanus set in?

The incubation period — time from exposure to illness — is usually between 3 and 21 days (average 10 days). However, it may range from one day to several months, depending on the kind of wound. Most cases occur within 14 days.

What is nail avulsion and why does it happen?

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Nail avulsion is when part or all of a nail is torn away or removed from the nail bed. Avulsion may happen on your finger or toe. Common causes include ingrown nail, injury, or infection. The nail bed will form a hard layer and then a new nail may grow.

What should I do if I’m involved in an avulsion injury?

The person with the avulsion injury will need immediate medical care, but these first aid steps can be done as soon as possible, even before medical treatment is available. Stay safe: If you are not the person who was injured, practice universal precautions and wear personal protective equipment if available.

What are the risks of a partial ingrown nail avulsion?

Risks of a partial nail avulsion: You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your ingrown nail may happen again. You may have damage to surrounding tissue.

Do avulsions and degloving injuries require surgery?

Avulsions and degloving injuries will almost always need surgical intervention to heal properly. Avulsions have long healing times and can’t be treated appropriately without medical care. An avulsion injury can happen in different areas of the body, with avulsion fractures being the most commonly described avulsion injuries.