It can be very painful and uncomfortable if you have a dead toe. It can also make you shy away from wearing pretty shoes and sandals. There can be many things which can cause this such as an injury, stabbing it against your shoes or due to any fungal infection. When your toe dies and stops growing, you can still remove it and treat the underlying infection. This can help you from stopping the infection from growing and letting it heal completely. You should get your dead toenail checked before removing it in order to be sure of its condition.
Notice the existence of a blister
Dead toe nails are mostly result of presence of blood blister which appear below the nail. This causes the skin under the nail to become dead which results in separation and lifting of the toe nail.
- If there is no blister than your toenail must have died due to a fungal infection. If that is the case, you should go see a doctor and get it treated right away
- If you have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease or any issue with your immune system, you should not drain your blister. This can end up in long term and hard to treat infection as the wounds don’t heal properly due to lack of immunity and blood flow.
Clean the infected toe
Use a good soap and water to clean the infected region properly. You should also wash your hands after doing that. Make sure that your toe and hands are cleaned properly before you try to drain your blister or remove your nail. Don’t open your blister to any bacterial infection.
- You may want to use iodine on your wounds to keep it protected from the bacteria which might cause infection
Use a sterilized and heated tip of pin or flatted paperclip
Take a sharp pin and clean it or take a paper clip along with rubbing alcohol to sterilize it with. Put it over heat and keep it there till it gets visibly red hot.
- Take medical professional’s help do undergo the above-mentioned process. Even the easiest procedure may result in putting you at risk of infection or can be extremely painful for you.
- You can opt for a blunt metal paper clip rather than a pin if you are not confident about piercing the blister with such a sharp object. Especially if you haven’t done it before, paper clip can be a better option for you.