permanant toe nail removal

by Sandy
(Phoenix,AZ USA)

It has been 4 weeks since my toe nail was removed. How long does it take for the scab to heal? When can I wear socks and closed toes shoes? I am taking good care of it. I use the antibacterial soap to clean it, I pour peroxide over it and use neosporin around the edges.It seems like it's taking forever.

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Aug 22, 2017
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Suitable dressings
by: Anonymous

I have permanent nail removal a week ago, using phenol(had a battery drop on my foot and nail came off but never grew back right). So podiatrist said to use melolin and I am struggling with these, first I can never get the pad on right but every day taking it off it sticks to edge of nailbed. Is there any other dressings that would be better(it is still weeping ofc), it's just annoying that it sticks and rips every changing.

Feb 12, 2017
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by: Dominic

It takes anywhere between 4-6 weeks to totally heal- depending upon the patient and procedure.

In the picture it looks like it has healed (not saying it is, if there are concerns or questions you should see the person who did the procedure.)

The scab will be there and doesn't come off- being a sign of healing. It comes off by itself- no pulling or picking. the scab forms from the top down- the cuticle area being the final one to be done.

Some things to note.

- the practitioner who did it should have prepared you for aftercare. Applying peroxide does nothing apart from delay healing.

- With a bandage (practitioner should have showed you how) you should have been able to wear shoes and socks from the second day. It should always be wrapped as any open area is a change for infection. The amount of dressings reduce as time increases.

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Hi. I'm Dominic. I treat patients every day at a local clinic. I am a trained Chiropodist and I care about prevention. I designed the website to help readers understand treat and even prevent issues from happening to their feet.