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toenail avulsion- HELP!#

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by jnickle, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. jnickle

    jnickle New Member


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    Hey everyone-
    I live in Montreal, Canada. Last night i stubbed my toenail on a staircase. It was extremely painful and started to bleed almost immediately. I ran it under cold water for about 5 min while i inspected it and could see that the whole nail would shift as i touched it, as if it was barely connected. I didn't pull it off beacause 1) I didn't know if i should, and 2) I didn't know if i could handle it! I rinsed it until it pretty much stopped bleeding, but i didn't have anything at all to cover it with, and no peroxide or polysporin, so i dried it as best i could and went to bed. This morning it is still painful and it seems there is a clear (blister-like) fluid that "leaks" from the area. My toe (the one beside the big toe) is swollen to about 1/3rd its original size and the nail seems to have hardened a bit onto the bed. I still have to shower today and go to work!
    Should i go to a clinic or the hospital? Help! How can I take care of this without it getting infected? EEK! OUch! ****!
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    I would definitively recommend your having it looked at, but I would not think that a hospital visit would be necessary. Any podiatrist should be able to properly handle your situation.
     
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