What happens when your fingernails come off?
November 28, 2005 6:45 AM Subscribe
My Thumbnail fell off last night....
posted by anastasiav to Health & Fitness (18 answers total)
Weeks and weeks ago, I slammed my thumb - hard - in a car door (hard enough to rupture it, with lots of blood). Last night, the nail finally came off (mostly - there is still a sliver of healthy nail running along the right-hand side of the nailbed). I can also see a small crescent of new, healthy nail coming in at the base of the nailbed.
However, the nailbed itself is very hard, and lumpy (still deformed from where the door hit it, I guess ... this is a surprise - we had expected the lump in the nail to have been mostly from dried blood). My boyfriend says that there is a chance the new nail won't actually attach to the nailbed, and will always be loose or somehow "weird" - is this true? Is there something I should be doing to my thumb to help things along? Is there always going to be lump there from where the door hit it? Do I need to keep it covered?
As you can see, I'm new to this. All advice needed.