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Question:

My daughter lost her toenail and after 9 months it is back completely.

However it looks really "lifted" from the nail bed and the whole toe is inflamed.

The toe itself in addition to the nail is painful for shoes. Very sensitive. She says it itches like crazy. I thought once it grew back in we would be done with this issue.

What do you think?

Lara

Answer:

Dear Lara,

It takes four to six months for a fingernail to fully regrow, and twice as long for toenails.

Some nail problems are difficult to cure and may affect the nail appearance permanently.

Nails are slow to grow and take time to repair themselves.

Onycholysis is the separation of a fingernail or toenail from its pink nail bed.
The most common cause of onycholysis is trauma.

A nail that has lifted from its bed at its end can have an irregular border between the pink portion of the nail and the white outside edge of the nail.

Onycholysis just means "nail lifting." When the nail lifts, things get under it. Bacteria and yeast are two examples.

After a toenail lost sometimes for some reason the nail never grow back right

Avoid repetitive immersion in water
Keeping your nails dry also will help prevent fungal infections

Because the portion of nail that has lifted away from its bed may catch on edges when you move abruptly, it is a good idea to trim the nail close to the place where is separates from the nail bed.

Onycholysis is not an urgent problem and can be discussed with your doctor during a routine visit.

Nail changes are usually not permanent, but they can take many months to go away even after effective treatment.

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