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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello. here's what happened to me.
User :   About 4 weeks ago my big toe started hurting pretty bad and lasted 2-3 days. Could walk on it, but was very painful. There was no visible sign of injury, swelling, redness, nothing. Pain was gone but today I noticed that as the nailpolish was growing off, the buttom part (1/3) of the nail is detached from the bed and is almost completely separated from the cuticle (!) Never seen or heard of this before. Problems normally occur to the tip of the nail. In my case, that part seems to be healthy.
Doctor :   let me read ur query ?
User :   sure, tahnk you
Doctor :   i guess you have a infection of the nail called onychomycosis
User :   I do remember that I had used new cuticle scissors and they were really rugh on my cuticles, around that time, so that's what might have caused it all. My question is, what can I do now. Little worried that the nutrition supply to the nail is kind of cut off at that point...
User :   I see
Doctor :   has the nail completely separated ?
User :   one third of it is, but like I said, the section on the cuticle end, not the tip, so it kind of bubbles up on the bed the rest is healthy looking
User :   teh separation from the cuticle is almost complete
Doctor :   In that case the best thing to do, is to remove the cut nail and use a bandage to let the nail heal
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