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Question: I damaged my thumb nail when I closed a door on it. That was a month ago. now its crusting up and pieces are falling off. Should I start pulling the dead nail off and will it grow back? Dawn

Answer: Dear Dawn,

If your nail falls off completely it will grow back again and look as good as new, but nails take a long time to grow, so it may take up to a full year for the entire nail to grow back.

A doctor can easily remove the dead nail for you if it is becoming bothersome. He can numb the thumb and remove it. Your thumb will be on a bandage for a few days and the nail will start to grow right away.

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