First Aid/Nail Bed Injury



About 3 days ago I jammed my finger and the nail kind of ripped and my nail bed came threw it is so painful. I am just wondering does it take a long time for this to heal? Also will the nail grow back normally? I have a gauze around it because banging it is one of the most painful things I have endured. I have also been putting polysporin on it. Thanks

Hello Amanda,

Yes, damage to the nail bed can be very painful. Polysporin and keep it covered is a good start. Nails grow back quite slowly but it will eventually heal. After a week you will have less pain. After a month you should be back to doing most things with your hand without too much problem. It may take several months (6+) for a nail to grow back (this is assuming that you didn't kill the nail root which is buried deep under the skin of the finger. If this is the case it may not grow back, but I think it would be pretty hard to destroy the nail bed by jamming your finger alone). Good luck, heal quickly.


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I am available to answer most questions related to: first aid, pre- hospital medicine, EMT and Paramedic questions, medical transport, critical care transport, ICU/CCU care, sedation, and medicine in general.


I have worked as a NYS Paramedic since 1993 for both community based ambulance companies and large commercial agencies. I Have experience as bike team commander, and shift supervisor for a commercial ambulance. As a member of the Disaster team I was deployed to Louisiana for 20 days following hurricane Katrina. I worked along side the county Haz-Mat team as a "Tox-Medic" with advanced training in treating injuries from chemical agents. Besides my experience on the on the ambulance I have worked in a number of hospital based offices including dialysis and a sleep lab.

I started my EMS career as a NYS CFR (Certified First Responder)in 1989, an EMT in 1991, a Paramedic since 1993, and a CCU transport paramedic since 2005. I currently hold certification as a: NYS Paramedic, Critical Care Transport Paramedic, ACLS/CPR/PALS certified. Advanced Haz-Mat Life Support certified (AHLS). In the past I have taught CPR and ACLS to my coworkers and the local community.

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