How to take care of a split nail bed

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How to take care of a split nail bed

The nail bed is the portion of a fingernail or toenail that is directly next to the laluna, or the white crescent-shaped part at the base of the nail. It contains nerves and blood vessels. Damage to this area occurs fairly frequently and can be caused by stubbing a toe, dropping something heavy on a finger or toe, chronic conditions like hammertoe, or even a nail bed that is not smooth, which can cause the nail to split as it grows. A minor nail bed split can be treated at home until it heals while serious trauma that includes surrounding tissue requires a doctor's care.

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Things you need

  • Anti-bacterial soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Adhesive bandage

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  1. 1

    Trim the tip of the nail short.

  2. 2

    Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Wash your foot as well if it is a toenail split. Dry your hands and foot thoroughly.

  3. 3

    Apply Neosporin or another antibiotic ointment to the area of the split.

  4. 4

    Wrap the finger or toe with an adhesive bandage to prevent any further damage and reduce the chance of infection.

  5. 5

    Repeat daily until the nail heals.

  6. 6

    If the damage is very serious or is worsened by a chronic condition such as hammertoe, you need to see a podiatrist.

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