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Finger / Toe Nail Injury In The Outdoor Woods – What To Do

By Editor | February 26, 2010

Injured nail first aid what to do

If you somehow rip your toe or finger nail off partially when you are outdoors camping, or on a long hike what should you do? Should you leave it in place or rip it the rest of the nail off?

The best thing to do is to leave the nail in place, until it decides to come off naturally. However, you should make sure that it does not remain exposed dirty air (dust) or contaminated water. An exposed skin under the nail is very sensitive especially when you are active doing things. What you should do says most doctors is put a band aid over it to hold it in place, this will allow for a protected environment for a new nail to begin to grow. If you don’t have band aids, any adhesive tape will work or even tie a piece of cloth over it.

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