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Should I consult a doctor for cuticle detachment in toenail?

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My small toe nail cuticle has detached from toe nail. Toe is red swollen and hot. I have been soaking in warm salt water and using a steroid and a fungal cream. It is improving. Will the cuticle reattach, and should I go to a doctor?
Posted Tue, 11 Feb 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Sudhir 10 minutes later
Brief Answer: Look at image it should be fine. Detailed Answer: Hello, Looking at image, I think it should heal without complication.Keep the toe covered to loose bandage so that nail doesn't get pulled by or stuck in clothes or loose threads etc. A new nail will grow underneath slowly replacing entire nail. Hope this helps.Regards.
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