Lytic Toenail (Broken/ Lifted/ Split/ Loose Toenail)

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

Cause: Chronic irritation of the nail from rubbing in shoes or previous trauma to the nail.

Appearance: Toenail loose and detached from the nail bed skin.

Treatment: Immediate removal of loose nail followed by antibiotic ointment and bandage.

Long-term prognosis: Nail can become thickened if the nail root is involved, otherwise good.

Who to call: Podiatrist.

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