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#1 Feral-Lausii

Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:52 PM

Saturday night leaving a BBQ, partially intoxicated DP tripped on a stepping stone, fell back on me and ripped my big toe nail almost off. I'd say its hanging on by about a quarter. Hard to tell as it is black.

The pain was the worst. Give me childbirth over that. And its still hurting. If I take the bandage off it it kills, throbs and shooting pains through it. Does not look to be infected, and if I leave a light compression type bandage on it, the pain is not too bad.

I have googled it and am freaking out a little. I hate needles and the thought of getting my toe full of needles to rip off the rest of the toe nail makes me feel a little sick.  unsure.gif Or said something about putting a hole through the remaining toe nail to relieve the pressure and let out any trapped blood?

Anyone done this before? When does the pain stop? And will the toe nail drop off, and if so how long until a new one grows?

#2 Sandra

Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:36 PM

I had this happen to me and yes it hurts a LOT!!

I did not touch it much for a couple of days as it was so sore,  I know I left the nail on and got  special non stick wound dressing from the chemist.  I figured the almost ripped of nail was at least some protection for the toe.

Mine took ages to heal as I kept bumping it or people stood on it..   The nail did grow back very slowly, and  eventually the skin healed and hardened enough to put a shoe on.

Just keep it very clean, as they tend to weep a lot...

I feel your pain!

#3 Chickie-Babe

Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

Have you been to a doctor? My DD did this (except hers was also half ripped out of the nail bed) about 2 weeks ago. She has an appointment (next month) to see a surgeon and have it removed, it is attatched by 1 side and a tiny bit down the bottom. She has been on antiobiotics, and is happy to not have it wrapped (but it is wrapped for nighttime). Tomorrow is her first day back to school, as I can finally get a shoe on to her (she is a prep, and 5 years old). She has not been complaining about pain, but is very guarded with it, and will not allow it to be touched. The hospital probably would have removed it the night it happened if she was older.

The nail should regrow, but I guess it will take a few months.

You have my sympathies!

#4 Chelli

Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:52 PM

I just cringed when I read this! You poor thing sad.gif I hope it feels better soon.

#5 namie

Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:02 PM

This happened to my brother when he was 14. A large metal roofing truss fell on his steel-cap boot-covered foot and the damage was so bad his nail came almost completely off when mum removed his sock.
Being a big, strong, tough 'kid' hanging out with the 'men' he hadn't wanted to let them know how much it hurt so he said he was fine and rode his bike home (only 5 minutes up the road, it was a family farm), but the effort took it out of him and he went in to shock as soon as he made it inside the house.

Mum to him to the doctor who removed his nail completely. From memory it was bandaged for a while and the nail took ages to grow back, but it has grown back just fine.

I would definitely go to the doctor!

#6 belinda1976

Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:14 PM

Yep happened to me about 10 years ago.  A friend was lying on the ground trying to fix his jetski from underneath.  He moved his feet (with sneakers on) and BAM ripped off my big toenail.  It was still attached at the base though.

It was hanging on by a thread.  My friend who was a nurse just washed it with dettol and I just kept it clean and sterilised it often and kept a bandaid on it.  The toe nail fell off after about a week or two and after that it felt very smooth - like a babies bottom.  The new nail took ages to grow back, about 6 months from memory.

The worst part was not having anything to put my nailpolish on.  I think I tried to paint the skin at one stage.

#7 #YKG

Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:35 AM

I've done similar twice but to a finger. I got my finger caught in the bag rack when I worked at coles the first time and as I wear acrylics I didn't feel that my nail was in the hoop of the bag rack and lifted the handles quickly and my real and fake nail bent backwards and I didn't realise I did it until I looked at my finger and saw blood starting to pour out. I was taken to the hosptial by my duty manager and the hospital removed it and gauzed it it was literally torn off down to the cuticel.

You need to see a Dr to see what they want to do about it, if it's not fully torn they more then likely will have you keep it strapped and let it fall off naturally but if it's torn off down to the cuticel they will more then likely remove it and wrap it. They grow back surprisingly fast but 8 years later my 2 fingers nails that I ripped off are still quite sensative.

#8 Aminila

Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:57 AM

2 months ago now my son (3.5yo) dropped a snap press (basically a 5kg cast iron tool) onto his toe and severed a chunk of the tip of his toe, basically his toenail was reattached but came off again and hopefully the nail bed is ok. Then while we were away visiting my mum she was taking out the big bin at my sisters place and somehow managed to rip her whole toenail off. It's not the first time she's done it either. I said she was learning bad habits from her grandson, but she said she's been doing it for a lot longer.
Anyway she was just keeping it covered with gauze and changing it after a shower. But if it has not come off by itself i'd be checking with a doctor.

#9 JustBeige

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:03 AM

Ouch, you poor thing.

You definitely need to go to the docs as they need to assess if damage has been done to the cuticle area and to see if the nail bed has been damaged or not.

If its still attached but has a big blood blister underneath, they can relieve the pressure by sticking a needle in it, but they dont always.

#10 samshine

Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:13 AM

I did this last year.  My DH bought me a lovely weekend away in Queensland all alone and on the first night I was going to the toilet (newly pregnant so was over getting up several times and didn't turn on the light!) and I caught my toe on a piece of furniture.  It hurt!

Mine was hanging by a thread.  I hobbled to a pharmacy the next day and got a small crepe bandage just to apply pressure, this helped with the soreness and made walking easier.  I cleaned it every few days and after about a week the nail completely fell off.

The first 3 days it was really sore (the first day I couldn't walk very well), but after that only on contact.  The nail took a while to completely grow back, probably like a PP said, about 6 months.  

It might be worth a GP looking at it OP, just to be sure it's not infected.  You have my sympathies!

#11 Propaganda

Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:16 AM

go see a podiatrist or GP

#12 Feral-Lausii

Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:56 PM

The worst part was not having anything to put my nailpolish on. I think I tried to paint the skin at one stage.

I had to remove the nail polish to see how badly I had ripped it off. Now that took an hour or so of total torture!!!

Thanks everyone for your input, will head off to the doctor. Seriously, give me my quick short child births over this pain!

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