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Question: I had acrylic nails and I hit my thumb it broke all the way down to the cuticle and I cut the nail off to where it was broke to but still have the cuticle.

Will my nail grow back normally and is it normal to look like yellowish liquid??


Vicky

Answer:

Dear Vicky,

It should grow back OK if there is not infection.

Around the wound yellowish liquid may be normal.
It is possibly some pus (a yellowish liquid) coming out of the wound.
These represent the platelets that aggregate after a wound occurs.

Acrylic nails generally are not harmful but they can increase the risk of infection.

Nails start in the nail root, hidden under the cuticle.
When cells at the root of the nail grow, the new nail cells push out the old nail cells.
If the portion of the nail unit that produces the cells that become the nail plate was removed ,the root, the nail plate will not grow back.

As long as the root and the matrix are intact, the nail will grow back.

For the nail plate to grow from the matrix and fully replace itself, the process can take up to a year.

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