What is included in long-term monitoring of nailbed injuries?

Updated: Sep 27, 2017
  • Author: Darrell Sutijono, MD; Chief Editor: Trevor John Mills, MD, MPH  more...
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In general, except for a simple subungual hematoma in which the nailbed was not inspected for potential laceration or injury, a wound check in 2-5 days is suggested to check for infection and to repack the nail fold, if necessary.

Sutures should be removed from any replaced nail in approximately 2-3 weeks.

If acrylic nail, hypodermic syringe sheath, or other material was used as a stent, it should be removed in 3 weeks.

If the original nail was used as a splint, it will be pushed out as new nail grows in, and it will fall out on its own.


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