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Old 05-21-2002, 12:46 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My son had an infection near his fingernail for several days. His finger was red and swollen, but with treatment and care the infection is finally almost gone. However, now the bottom part of his fingernail has fallen off (approx 1/3 of the nail), and one side of it looks like it is coming loose also. I think the swelling caused a lot of pressure under the nail, and the rest may fall off soon. Does anybody know how we can best treat a fingernail that has fallen off? Thanks!

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What a totally random thing for me to know something about...

I ripped my toenail up all the way to the bottom by opening a door over my foot when I was young. The nail had to be cut off so for a while I had no toenail. I had to soak it in Betadyne several times a day to keep it disinfected, keep it covered most of the time for protection, then uncover it at night for air. The nail grew back - it was pretty cool after I got over the grossness.

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two things actually...pretty strange, I had a dream last night that I ripped my fingernail off and there was another one under it! Real soft, but it was there!

On a serious note, my dad has always had his big toenail fall off. Every few years, it just falls off as the new one grows under it. My sister and I always thought it was the coolest! Depending on how old your son is, it may need to be covered just so he does not pick at it. The nail will grow under the old one. It will push up on the old one and just detatch it! One day the old one will just fall off! If it's pulled though, it will hurt because it may not be ready quite yet.

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That would be diluted betadine, right?

my dd had the same thing happen from a fungal thing she got over the winter.... it has pretty much grown back now.
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That would be diluted betadine, right?
Yes!

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Old 05-23-2002, 12:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for all the advice! About 40% of the nail is gone, but so far the rest is hanging on.

Why dilute the betadine? I didn't even know what betadine was until a couple weeks ago (another story!)

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Just one question: How is it remotely possible that you didn't tell me about this? It sounds horrendous. How is his finger doing now? Poor little guy!

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SeaMama!

Didn't I tell you? I guess it was just one more problem in our seemingly never-ending list of recent health related issues... I'll have to keep you better posted!!!

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