My Toenail Fell Off, Now What?

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A detached toenail is a common condition, but it can be painful. It’s usually caused by a fungal infection, an injury, or psoriasis. However, chemicals, some medications, and severe illness can also make your toenail fall off.

Once your toenail cuts off, it can’t automatically reattach itself and continue growing. You’ll have to wait for the new toenail to develop back in its place. Depending on the situation and how much, if any, of your toenail stays, you might need further treatment to make sure your toenail grows back correctly.

What causes a toenail to fall off?

Foot Injuries

Normal foot injuries can cause your toenail to fall off. Sports, ar accidents, and dropping something on your foot can all harm your toenail.

If you damage your toenail, it might look purple or black under your toenail. This is due to a condition called a subungual hematoma, which causes blood to accumulate under your damaged toenail. As blood swells up under your nail, it may part from your nail bed. It can take several weeks for your toenail to fall off entirely.

Fungal Infection

Fungi can also grow between your toenail and nail bed, eventually making your toenail drop. Symptoms of fungal toenail infection include noticeably thicker toenails, dry, brittle, or ragged toenails, unusual shape, and foul smell coming from toes. Diabetes also enhances your risk of a fungal infection in your toenail due to impaired circulation in your feet.

Keeping your nails trimmed is the best way to keep toenail fungus at bay. When the toenail is trimmed, then there will be less room for the fungus to grow. When you are trimming your toenail, make sure that you are only cutting part of the nail. Failing to trim the nail completely can result in trauma to the nail and cause the infection to spread to the other toes as well.

Chemical Free Home Remedies are probably the most popular way to get rid of toenail fungus. It is so popular because it is natural, chemical-free, and does not harm your body in any way.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, scaly patches, most commonly on the elbows, knees, scalp, and trunk. Psoriasis is a long-term (chronic) common disease with no known cure. It tends to go through different cycles, flaring for a few months, then subsiding for a few weeks, or going into permanent remission. 

Typical cases of nail psoriasis are not dangerous and don’t cause any problems. However, sometimes the development of skin cells in your nail bed can push your toenail to completely fall off.

What to do after your toenail falls off

  • Use a nail file to smooth any sharp or jagged edges.
  • Wash your toe, ensure you remove any debris, and use an antibiotic ointment.
  • Treat the area where your toenail fell off with a nice, clean, antiseptic bandage.
  • If only a small part of your nail has been cut off, don’t try to take out the rest of it.

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