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I'm looking for some advice on my big toe. Basically my big toenail has fallen off, the toe nail has already started growing beneath it as the toenail has been loose for a while but I've hung on to it. However the nail beneath has a ridge on it, does anyone know how long this is going to take to come back and if there is anything I can do temporarily until it comes back? I can't wear sandals!!!
I have very badly cracked up fungal toenails. The paint stuff didn't help and I can't use the oral antifungal med. For last couple of summers I've worn closed-toe sandals and I was painting my nails till this year when it's got even worse.
Put your toe in a plastic bag and drive to hospital ASAP!
Assuming your nail didn't fall off because of a nasty infection, it would be ok to glue a false nail on occasionally. You need to make sure you're only putting glue on the nail regrowth, not on your skin.
Sets of false fingernails come in different sizes, some ridiculously large. I'm sure you could use those. You can trim them with scissors before sticking on.
Well, less than a year, because a year ago mine fell off after walking 26 miles. I got a blister underneath and it took a while to come off. Then the new nail grew with a big ridge in it, then it got another ridge, all in all I think it took about 6 months for mine to look normal again.
No, it makes them look better. I had the problem for years before I varnished them. They are no different now. Just as bad. I just can't t get rid if it. Tried. Also discussed with a doctor. Reckoned nothing more could be done. It's annoying but not a big deal. My life grinds on regardless.
My toenails both came off last year, after skiing. They took about 6-8 months to grow back. I went to a chiropodist, who said to either use false nails, or just to paint the hard nail bed with nail varnish.
In the event, I just wore closed toe shoes and sandals all summer.
The chiropodist suggested I use silicone toe protectors for skiing, in future.
AuldHeathen Oh, no doubt it makes them look better. But actually what you're doing is giving the fungus more of a way to thrive, and of course the fungus will live on in the nail polish brush and in the pot, so you'd keep reinfecting yourself.
I had fungal nails for years and years; had terbinafine and that was no good. I was lucky, really, ending up with an infected ingrown nail so I was able to have the entire nail removed.
Interesting. I asked about having the nail removed and was told it would make no difference. Both large nails also ingrown a bit. Doc cited another patient who is not immunocompromised, as I am, and she had her nail removed and it grew back fungal. I'm not sure I can even be bothered discussing it further with doctor. It really is the least of my problems.
Updating this thread I can confirm that it took 3 months nearly to the day for my big toenail to fall off. What is left isn't pretty. A mostly naked big toe with a small amount of deformed looking toenail coming through at the bottom. Delightful