What is included in patient education about nailbed injuries?

Updated: Sep 27, 2017
  • Author: Darrell Sutijono, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

All patients should be advised that a deformed nail is a possibility.

New nail growth may take from 3-12 months and even then, it may be misshapen for a longer time.

If problems with new nail growth exist at 6 or 12 months, patients may want to follow up with a hand surgeon for possible scar excision or nailbed revisions.

For excellent patient education resources, visit eMedicineHealth's Skin Conditions and Beauty Center. Also, see eMedicineHealth's patient education article Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail).


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