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Acrylic nail got caught and lifted own nail off nail bed

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XelaM · 09/10/2022 16:26

Help please! Sorry if it sounds gross, but does anyone have any experience of this happening? As a result of a riding accident, an acrylic nail on the index finger got caught in something and lifted the real nail off the nail bed (VERY painful and plenty of blood). Currently sat in A&E waiting for the doctor, but the nurse seems to think the whole nail will have to be removed (even though it's still partially attached) and a new one may or may not grow back 😞Everything I read online says to bandage it up and leave it until a new nail grows and removing it may cause more trauma to the nail. It's actually my daughter that this has happened to and I'm so scared by the nurses words that it "may or may not grow back if removed". I thought nails always grew back? I know this is not a place for medical advice and we are actually waiting for real medical advice, but if anyone has experience similar I would really appreciate a few reassuring stories 😔

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AnchorWHAT · 09/10/2022 17:01

Well when i was a teen an ice skating accident where a friend ran over my finger on ice meant i had to have my whole nail removed and the cut underneath stitched, it grew back and apart from a faint scar just visible under the nail its been fine ever since.

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BabyHobnob · 09/10/2022 17:12

Ouch! I hope she is OK!
When I was a teen I opened a door over my toe nail and pulled part of it off. It's grown back and looks perfectly normal, but the bit that was torn off is not attached to the nail bed and is a little bit discoloured (I guess because stuff gets under there). But no one else would know.

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Connection2Attention · 09/10/2022 17:14

Just put a plaster over it till it grows out. Yes it hurts. It will be fine.

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TheLightSideOfTheMoon · 09/10/2022 17:14

They take six months to grow back, but it should be okay.

Your poor DD thought, I’ve heard having nails torn off is agony. Give her a massive hug.

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Kernowgirlie · 09/10/2022 17:16

This happened to me and they had to start with making a hole through the nail to release the pressure. Then a few hours later the entire nail was removed. It was awful!

Hope you're OK

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EspressoPatronumm · 09/10/2022 17:16

It will need to be removed, she might need nail bed surgery by the plastics team to rebuild it. Very common.

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Nugg · 09/10/2022 17:18

I did exactly this in March and the entire nail lifted. It's a full length nail again now. My big toenails also lift once a year - trainers/gym etc and ALWAYS grow back

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CathyTre · 09/10/2022 17:20

My nail split and seven YEARS LATER still spilts if grows more than about five mm. it just means I can’t ever grow that nail long.

Acrylic nail got caught and lifted own nail off nail bed
Acrylic nail got caught and lifted own nail off nail bed
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Ostryga · 09/10/2022 17:21

I once drunkenly dropped a speaker on my toe as a teen. The big toenail fell off and looked a bit weird for a while, but grew back and has been fine since some 20 years later!

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CathyTre · 09/10/2022 17:22

Photos not too good but it’s my ring finger that is split. Caused by false nails years ago.

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Chloefairydust · 09/10/2022 17:27

Hi, trained beauty therapist here. I would bandage it up and wait for it to heal. Removal of the nail (if it’s still somewhat attached) will cause more trauma to the nail Bed and effect how it grows back.

It may still turn black and fall off itself though, but I would be reluctant to further trauma the nail bed.

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CatHatSat · 09/10/2022 17:36

Please follow medical advice.

The doctors will know whether it just needs bandages and a plaster or if it needs nail bed surgery.

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mummydoris2006 · 09/10/2022 17:55

Last summer my daughter dropped her new jumping saddle and when she tried to catch it she ripped her acrylic and natural nail nearly completely off. After a trip to a&e we were just sent home to see what happened 🤷🏻‍♀️. She kept it clean and wrapped in vet wrap 🤦🏻‍♀️ but did completely lose the nail. Four months later she had a completely new thumb nail to have gel polish on for Christmas!

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ittakes2 · 09/10/2022 18:12

I unfort cut my little finger nail off half way down with a peeler. applied a well known healing oil paw paw cream regularly to it there is no scar regrew normally.

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Menora · 09/10/2022 18:19

I lost toe nails in an accident when younger they had to be pulled off in A&E and they did grow back eventually

but they are weak and they do break easily. I lost the entire big toenail banging it getting into a swimming pool this year. Just snapped off 20 years later 🤢 (it’s grown back surprisingly quick)

whar seems to have happened to this nail I noticed it would ache a lot, is that it grows from the cuticle but it’s not really attached to the whole nail bed so one bang in the wrong place, it snapped off but no blood

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Menora · 09/10/2022 18:23

Kernowgirlie · 09/10/2022 17:16

This happened to me and they had to start with making a hole through the nail to release the pressure. Then a few hours later the entire nail was removed. It was awful!

Hope you're OK

I got something big stuck in my thumb nail bed (down the side of nail) also some years ago and had to have this hole done as they couldn’t get the foreign body out and it was so swollen with blood. At least the pressure release was some kind of relief but still awful

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Hugasauras · 09/10/2022 18:25

My thumb nail got ripped off as a child (hockey incident) and it grew back fine. Was bloody painful though!

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caringcarer · 09/10/2022 18:27

I went bowling once after having false nails and as I threw bowling ball my nail got caught in he in bowling ball and ripped off both false nail stuck tightly to my nail. It took months to grow back and was very painful

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XelaM · 09/10/2022 18:54

Thank you all so so much for your (very painful 😖 but reassuring) stories! We just came home.

The doctor was so lovely and actually the whole experience was so much better than I expected given the state of the NHS. Everyone was so nice to us and even the wait wasn't too horrendous. As was explained to us, her nail came out of the nail matrix and they thankfully didn't have to remove it, but actually pushed it back into the matrix. Otherwise they said her own nail won't grow. They gave her gas and air, which had a bit of a scary effect on my daughter 🫣at some point I thought she went a bit mad - she was just laughing and not responding to anything said to her. To be fair, I loved gas & air when I was giving birth to her 😂

They bandaged it up and said to keep it dry and watch out for any signs if infection, but otherwise it should all be ok 🤞🏻

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Cheesewiz · 09/10/2022 19:03

I ripped my thumb nail and acrylic off. It was so painful. I then got an infection in the nail bed so I soaked 3 times a day for 15 minutes a time in 1/3 antibacterial soap to 2/3 cooled boiled water, absolute pain in the butt, but did get rid of infection. Covered thumb during work/ out and about hours and then let thumb air during down time to help the healing process. 6 months later I had a new nail and NEVER got acrylics done again 😂

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gogohmm · 09/10/2022 20:30

I've done this a couple of times. I put a plaster on it for a couple of weeks til it stopped bleeding then strapped it for a few weeks before getting the nail tech to take the acrylic off, my real nail was regrowing by then

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