Help me make my toenails fall off

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Go to see a doctor. they’re going to be able to give you the best advice

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Sugar bee

Go to a podiatrist.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would definitely go to a doctor soon- good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

You honestly never know. There are a lot of treatment options for toe issues. Too Much Information, but I had an infected toe right under the nail where I got a small cut and seeing a doctor helped clear it up super quickly (otherwise it would have healed on its own, but slower)

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Bee Keeper

Soak your feet in a basin or tub of warm water and epsom salts WHILE you’re on the phone making a doctor’s appointment. Toenails can take a long time to heal, but you need to make sure that bruising is all that’s going on. If you have infection or fluid or anything else going on, you need an accurate diagnosis- not just so you have pretty feet for your wedding but so complications (some of them potentially serious) don’t develop. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

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msmeow13 :  It was definitely uncomfortable, but luckily (?) I had a UTI at the same time that I got antibiotics for which were apparently the type they would have prescribed anyways for skin infections. So, win? I guess?

But I definitely agree with

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RobbieAndJuliahaha that you should see a doctor to make sure there’s nothing serious going on underneath that you can’t see.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Hi this exact thing happened to me after a ski trip last year! My big toe nail turned black and hurt SOOO badly;  it was seriously unlike any pain I had ever had before. 

The injury happened in December, and in April, the toe nail became super loose and started coming away from the bed. When it was only attached on one side, I bit the bullet, and pulled it off. It didn’t bleed at all, which really surprised me. There was a new nail about 25% of the way up the bed. 

The skin above the new nail (where the nail used to cover) was really really sensitive. It took about 6 more months for the toenail to grow up the rest of the bed.

You could probably go see a podiatrist and have them pull the old nail off, the trouble is that that bare skin underneath is so sensitive and susceptible to injury. If you accidentally damage the bed before the nail has a chance to fill in, it might never grow in normally. If I were you, I would let time take its course… You can polish over the old nail until it falls off, and then just treat your new nail and nail bed really gently! For what it’s worth, I was a bridesmaid right after my nail fell off and I just left that nail unpolished and still wore open toed shoes and not a single person noticed (I didn’t even really notice myself!)

ETA: also for what it’s worth, I am a physician, but not a foot-specialist 😉

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Sugar bee

See a doctor for sure.  But until you can be seen by the doctor, I wonder if you might be able to find some advice geared towards ballerinas?  There must be some resources out there somewhere about how they deal with their feet and toenails. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

See the doctor, but if they can remove the top nail I’d wait until closer to the time to do so. 4 months is a while so it may well fall off naturally, and in the meantime it is at least protecting the nail bed. 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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misslucy :  LOL Have you ever seen ballerinas’ toes?

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msmeow13 :  It sounds like you had subungual hematomas- bleeding under the nail. If you had it drained originally, you probably wouldn’t have gone on to lose your nail, but too late for that now.

Go see a podiatrist who will tell you what will work best. He may say to do nothing, as the old nail protects the nail bed and will grow out as the new nail grows in. Ask him what he thinks about having acrylics applied to smooth out the surface and make the old and new nail more smooth.

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