That hurts me to think about! I lost a toenail this past summer. I mean, it was traumatic at the end as it clung by a thread. lol I had a long standing injury and that toe nail wanted off for a long time. Now i have a new purty one. :>)) Honestly, I didn't paint it and left it alone. You probably have that half crescent coming up. My toe felt just fine in a matter of days. It's cold where you live? (I live in the states, it gets chilly in fall where I live). Just put on socks and try to forget about it. It will grow. My new toe nail is perfect. I started painting it with the rest of my toes at about the 2 month mark. My friend did paint her bed as she couldn't stand one naked toe. but they grow back, no issues.
Hello~I noticed you said you were a T2 Diabetic, since this is the case, I think I would contact either your GP or podiatrist to make sure the toe heals without any infection.
Thanks, I am allergic to Bactrim. The OTC triple antibiotic ointment (Bacitracin is one of the 3) made the toe worse each time, as did any bandaging, so soap and water and exposed to the air, with antiseptic wipes/irrigation (no chlorine bleach in them) is how I am proceeding. Is there a chemical connection between BACtrim and BACitracin?
Many years ago I had a non-traumatic toenail loss on the toe next to this one-it just slid off while drying off after shower-that one had no raw skin under it and grew back in completely normal so I will hope with this traumatic one.
Reduced sensitivity because of the diabetes meant this one wasn't as painful as it could have been.
ps how far below the exposed nail does a toenail usually extend?
pss lol--does a toenail grow up from the bed vertically or grow out from the bed horizontally? Is the pulp under the exposed nail part of the bed?