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Can the toenails grow back normally?


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I was cutting my toenails with nail clippers and I did not realize how much I had cut. But now I am worried if my toenail will grow back or not as it feels uncomfortable.

Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It is common to accidentally cut the nail too short, especially when trimming toenails. In most cases, the nail will eventually grow back, but it may take several months. If you are concerned about the appearance or shape of your toenail, you can try the following:

  1. Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt to soften the nail and make it easier to trim.
  2. Use a nail file or emery board to gently shape the nail instead of clippers.
  3. Apply a moisturizer to the area around the nail to prevent cracking and dryness.
  4. Wear shoes with enough room in the toe box to prevent further injury.

I hope this helps. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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