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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
well i had an unfortunate accident involving an extending pulldown loft ladder and my new acrylic thumb nail. The ladder hit my acrylic nail and completely detached my nail underneath from its nail bed. (i have a pic if anyone wants to see haha)
I would like to know is there anything i can wear to cover my thumb as not only is it sore, it looks stupid as they couldnt get my acrylic nail off so i only have that one on now. i have asked the people in a+e if they have any thumb bandages that i could have but they said they didn't. I have looked online and have found something called finger bobs but they just slide over the thumb and i can imagine them to keep rolling off. Ideally i need something like a finger stall but i can only find plastic and rubber ones and i'm not allowed to wear them as the doc said those materials will prevent healing. It may sound silly but i need to find something as i will most likely be wearing it for months as i don't want to show off my ugly bald thumb as my nail will drop off completely soon.
Thanks in advance xxx
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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
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Ouch !!!..........i can sympathise with you !........i had my thumb nail removed at a&e a few years back after a pine needle off a xmas tree got lodged down it and become infected ( so painful !! ) they couldnt even say for sure if it would grow back ( it did though thankfully ) i just used to wear a small bandage on mine until the skin under were the nail was started to crisp up and then wore plasters ( more to keep it clean and to prevent catching it) ..........glad to say all back to normal now and thumbnail back to how it was , good luck and hope its the same for you x

Edited By: shopstilldrops on Mar 19, 2011 14:19
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The only thing I would suggest is a tubigrip bandage made for thumbs, a&e should have them, I wouldn't recommend splints etc as they are not breathable and will keep the area moist which would promote healing. Or to keep it breathable and clean from infection I would suggest something like a mepore or mepilex dressing but you may still bang/catch it but at least it will be free of infection. Also I suggest using savlon spray inbetween dressing changes and change your dressing at least every 48 hrs.

Edited By: Shellywelly on Mar 19, 2011 14:25
#4
You cant put anything on your nail area as this will deform the nail as it heals/grows back. Btw, nail grows in twice as thick. Happened to me 10 years ago.
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Is it more to do with vanity, or the pain? :)
If its pain, then go back to the GP and make yourself heard,dont let them fob you off, or at least make sure you understand the reasons why they wont give you anything.. If A&E and your GP say no, then theres probably good reason? I dunno, it might be worth accepting its not so pretty now.. rather than put something on it and have it looking nasty for longer because healing has been delayed?

I read something about arnica (tablets) speeding up healing, but I cant comment on how effective that really is.

Either way, I hope you sort something out soon.. it sounds awful and made me cringe for you! Ouch! x
#6
It's not that bad witchy :D
#7
i think its a bit of both but it still really hurts if i knock it or bang it slightly and then it hurts for the rest of the day. i will try and make an appointment to see my normal gp rather than the a+e docs because the ones at the hospital really do seem to fob me off. thanks xxx
Nikki999
Is it more to do with vanity, or the pain? :)
If its pain, then go back to the GP and make yourself heard,dont let them fob you off, or at least make sure you understand the reasons why they wont give you anything.. If A&E and your GP say no, then theres probably good reason? I dunno, it might be worth accepting its not so pretty now.. rather than put something on it and have it looking nasty for longer because healing has been delayed?

I read something about arnica (tablets) speeding up healing, but I cant comment on how effective that really is.

Either way, I hope you sort something out soon.. it sounds awful and made me cringe for you! Ouch! x
#8
generaloneill
You cant put anything on your nail area as this will deform the nail as it heals/grows back. Btw, nail grows in twice as thick. Happened to me 10 years ago.

if it grows back twice as thick then at least i will have one good nail! all my nails are really thin and soft. I'm just hoping it doesnt take too long to grow back. My old nail is still there at the moment as the doc stictched it to my finger to protect the nail bed but i had the stich removed yesterday so now i need to wait for it to drop off. x
#9
deek72
It's not that bad witchy :D

it is really bad. it REALLY REALLY hurts :(

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