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OUCH! My toe...

So this morning I stubbed my big toe. Quite hard. Once I cleaned away the resulting bloody mess, I see that my toenail is kind of half in / half out. My doctor helpfully offered the opinion that it must "hurt a lot" and when pressed as to how long it might take the nail to fall off, remarked "How long is a piece of string?"

Anybody else with or without years of medical training care to give me an estimate, maybe from personal experience?

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Re: OUCH! My toe...

If the nail is sprung, with a lot of bleeding underneath then there may be a nailbed laceration. We tend to fix these as it can cause irregular growth of the nail, resulting in it getting caught on socks etc in the future. If this is the case, I'd head down to your local A&E or minor injuries unit for them to have a look and possibly put a stitch in it for you.

If it doesn't look too bad, then I'd get some steristrips from the chemist and wrap them round the front of the nail onto the big toe to hold the nail down. This will stop it getting caught. It'll take a couple of weeks probably to come off.

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This forum is just the best! Smile

Thanks VoodooDoctor, I'll keep it wrapped.

Actually, while I'm here, I've been having this problem with...

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It's lunchtime. The doctor is out.

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Warning - this post contains imagery some viewers may find disturbing. When my daughter was three or four, I caught the end of her finger in the hing side of a fire door (in Caffe Uno in Teddington, for the locals). The nail was levered in such a way that it came out through the skin *at the other end*. There was so much blood everywhere that we were trying to staunch it when she held up her other hand and said "not that one - THIS one".

She finally had the end of her finger sewn back on under a general anaethetic, but I remember distinctly that it was the 1st August - the day that all the new doctors arrive in A&E. I'd have been better sewing it back on myself, tbh...

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New doctors start on the first Wednesday of August. I'd also be surprised if one of the most junior did it (without supervision), as we do actually train people to do things before we let them loose alone on the general public!

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Oww.. poor little thing.

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Big Chris:
tractorboy:Actually, while I'm here, I've been having this problem with...

.... Better pick up a tube of Anusol while you're out then.... Stick out tongue

Wow, that's just uncanny! Is there anyone on here who's not a doctor?

Wait a minute, you're not my girlfriend posting under a fake name and a misleading avatar, are you?

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Having trouble reading this thread, as this morning I somehow managed to poke myself in the eye with the sharp end of ignition key as I got in the car. Its still a bit sore and I've got a big red dot in the white of my eye. Should I be worried? (about my eye, not that I appear to be a danger to myself when performing the simplest of tasks)

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Re: OUCH! My toe...

as a student I tore off my thumb nail using one of these:


 



The "fulcrum" bit was loose and flopping around as I (flamboyantly) screwed it in, and it caught my nail.  Unfortunately, I was much too drunk to take painkillers, so I got exceptionally drunk to ensure I was sufficiently sedated to sleep properly.


Two-day hangover was an unfortunate side-effect.

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