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To be wondering what to do about my lifted up nail?

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colabucks Tue 01-Dec-15 20:23:08

The following story may make a few of you cringe! Certainly is for me!

On Saturday, I caught my pinky nail on something and it lifted off the nail bed (to what extent i'm unsure, how far down the nail etc) and I was out shopping and I panicked, and I happened to be near my local Minor Injury Unit, where I went and they told me it is common with acrylic nails that need infills (mine are getting long and i've been meaning to get them filled but have been busy) and that if I keep it taped down it will re-attach (dubious). So I have kept it taped down and it feels less painful and less 'wobbly'. I have also been taping it to my ring finger to minimise movement.

Only tonight I've just gone and done it on my other hand sad and it looks like its been pulled back a lot lower. I can pull gently on my fingertip and you can see underneath the nail and an air bubble confused I still have tape as I'm taping the other one down still, so I immediately wrapped it in tape. Thing is, it hurt way less to do it, and its hurting a lot less now than when i did it before? Also it is bleeding way less?

I'm sure I didnt lift the other one this much! There is an air bubble covering a good 3/4 of my nail!

Anyone else had experience with this? Should I go to a doctor again? The last one's advice seemed a bit hmm. Thanks in advance!

ElasticPants Tue 01-Dec-15 20:28:47

Ouch shock

Nail extensions have to be maintained. Get them off OP. I hate to think how you will on the lifted ones though (wincing face needed).

colabucks Tue 01-Dec-15 20:33:14

I'm planning on getting them off but them nail techs arent generally gentle, even when I ask sad no idea how the lifted ones would fare. I think the one I did Saturday would just about be okay, but i'm unsure about this one. I just can't get over how little the latest one hurts!

CerseiHeartsJaime4ever Tue 01-Dec-15 21:08:35

I had a toe nail lift off when I stepped on a coat hanger as a kid. I taped it, a month later it fell off on its own and there was a beautiful fresh nail underneath. It did hurt.

Never had any nail things done so don't know how they would make a difference to healing.

colabucks Tue 01-Dec-15 21:21:10

Interesting Cersei! I'm completely cool with it coming off, i'll just wear a stick on one for a bit smile as its a pinky it shouldnt take a huge amount of time to grow back. I'm just worried about infection on open nail bed at the moment though!

CerseiHeartsJaime4ever Tue 01-Dec-15 22:12:40

Mine wasn't actually ready to come off until the one underneath had fully grown though, so it may just need bathing, a bit of antiseptic and taping back up until the new one is through? That's all we did with mine (daily).

LonestarStateOfMind Tue 01-Dec-15 22:49:54

Oh op much sympathy from me. This happened me twice, once my big toe nail and recently my ring finger, will not forget that throbbing pain. Anyway not sure if it makes a difference as they were my actual nails and not acrylics but I kept them taped for at least 3 weeks (obviously changing the plaster everyday) but It took that long before the nail stopped rising up. Hopefully yours will be quicker as it's little ones.

RealHuman Tue 01-Dec-15 22:52:54

Ah, so you're the fabled "patient who presents with a broken fingernail"? wink

Seriously, though, those really hurt. Hope they get better soon.

colabucks Wed 02-Dec-15 12:29:31

They're both sore today sad will go to the salon asap to get them cut/taken off haha whatever I can bear wink in the meantime, i'll just put up with the throbbing grin

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