Once your toenail falls off, it can’t reattach itself and keep growing. You’ll need to wait for the new nail to grow back in its place. Depending on the cause and how much, if any, of your toenail remains, you might need additional treatment to make sure your toenail grows back properly.
What does it mean when your toenails don’t grow?
Although it’s incredibly important to be aware of vascular issues like peripheral artery disease, toenails that don’t seem to grow may be caused by other health issues such as: Fungal infections. Ingrown toenails. Cancer treatments like radiation or chemotherapy.
How long does it take for a toe nail to grow back?
Both toenails and fingernails grow slowly, with toenails taking longer to regrow. On average, it can take up to 18 months for a toenail to completely regrow, and about 4 to 6 months for a fingernail to grow back.
Can a toenail be permanently damaged?
Permanent nail loss: This can happen due to damage to the nail matrix. The toenail may not regrow. 4
How do you tell if you’re losing a toenail?
Are there warning signs before my toenail will fall off?
- Yellow, brown or white discoloration.
- Thickening of the nail.
- And in some cases, swelling and pain.
How do you treat a ripped toenail?
Use scissors to remove the detached part of the nail if the nail is partly attached. Soak your finger or toe in cold water for 20 minutes after trimming the nail. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and cover the area with a nonstick bandage.
Do damaged toenails grow back?
After a nail separates from the nail bed, it will not reattach, so don’t try. In its place, a new nail will have to grow back. Toenail growth can be slow; toenails can take up to 18 months (1.5 years) to grow back.
Can a damaged toenail bed be repaired?
Many injuries to your nail bed can be fully repaired. For example, your nail should return to normal after a subungual hematoma is drained. However, some severe injuries can lead to a deformed nail.
What is the white hard stuff under my toenails?
Keratin is a protein that promotes the development of the skin and nails. Nail psoriasis sometimes causes too much keratin to grow under the nail. This overgrowth is called subungual hyperkeratosis. People with hyperkeratosis may notice a white, chalky substance under the nail.