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My ds got hurt Monday and half his thumb nail was ripped off (long story) and the ER dr used silver nitrate to stop the bleeding. It turned his thumb black, and it's still pretty black, not dead black, just black where the silver nitrate touched. How long until that fades and it's normal color again? He's had a bath since then and I've put antibiotic stuff on it but it's still black.<br><br>
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It will stay stained for a very long time. This is the same stuff you use on pets' nails to stop the bleeding. And my ped. used it on my daughter's umbilicus when she was tiny b/c it was just slightly inflamed. It stayed black for weeks. When the skin sloughs off, the black staining will go with it. HTH some.
 

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Yes. Rainbowbird's right - it should slough off with the skin turnover (may be slower since it's a nailbed.) There is some risk, albeit small, that he will have a silver nitrate tattoo there. Just so you know. That is, however, pretty unlikely.
 

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Thanks mamas!!<br><br>
Question 2, his thumb nail will grow back right? The dr said it should, but I don't know what 'should' means? Does that mean it might not? It breaks my heart to think he'll be thumb-nail-less for the rest of his life...
 

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I ripped off most of a thumb nail and the new nail grew back perfectly.<br><br>
Poor little guy, how incredibly painful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I had an acrilic nail put on to help protect my thumb and to look normal for my wedding <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks mama's! How do I tell if the thumb nail bed was ripped of? Probably won't be able to until some of the silver nitrate fades, huh?
 

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I lost a thumbnail a couple of years ago, due to a staph infection underneath the nail. It grew back within a couple of months. Like a PP said, as long as the nail bed is fine it should be fine.
 

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I tipped of a toe nail (the whole thing) on shag carpet when I was ten. It grew back fine. but ouch. also silver nitrate hurts pretty bad in sensitive areas like that. I hope he is fine. I use silver nitrate where I work and sometimes get it on my fingers and it is gone in a few days, not sure about nail bed area though.
 
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