If you notice that a nail is starting to fall off, it is important to remove it as soon as possible to avoid it from becoming infected. Here are instructions on how to do just that.
How to Remove a Dead Toenail
Removing a nail that’s falling off can be a tricky process, but with a little patience and some clever techniques, it can be done in a hurry.
The first step is to identify the nail that’s falling off. If you’re able to see the nail head, it’s much easier to remove it. If the nail is embedded in the skin, you’ll need to use a pair of pliers to remove it.
If the nail is buried too deep in the skin, you’ll need to use a pair of cutting pliers to remove it. Make sure to use caution, as even a small mistake could result in serious injury.
Once the nail is removed, you can clean the wound with soap and water. If the wound is large or the nail is embedded in the flesh, you may need to see a doctor.
Removing a Nail That’s Loose
There are several ways to remove a nail that’s loose. You can use a hammer and a nail puller, use a nail gun, or use a nail remover.
You can use a hammer and a nail puller to remove a loose nail. Hammer the loose nail in the direction of the head until it pops out. Use the nail puller to remove the nail.
You can use a nail gun to remove a loose nail. Point the nail gun in the direction of the head of the nail. Pull the trigger to fire the nail. The nail will travel towards the head of the nail and will pop out.
Removing a Nail That’s Cracked
If the nail is just cracked, you can gently push it off with your fingers. If the nail is completely broken off, you will need to remove the entire nail.
1. Gently remove any dirt, debris, or nail polish that may be stuck to the nail.
2. Use a pumice stone or a file to gently remove any rough edges or bumps on the nail.
3. If the nail is cracked, use a nail file to carefully remove the broken pieces.
4. Gently push the broken pieces off the nail with your fingers.
5. Replace the nail with a new one.
Removing a Nail That’s Damaged
If a nail is damaged, it may eventually fall off. Here are a few tips on how to remove a nail that’s fallen off:
1. Use a cotton ball soaked in acetone to clean the nail.
2. Apply a small amount of nail glue to the top of the nail and place the nail onto the glue.
3. Hold the glued nail in place with a bandage or piece of cloth and wait until the glue dries.
4. Use a nail file to smooth the glue and nails until they are completely flush.
5. Carefully remove the nail by pushing up on the end of the nail with a pincer or pliers.
6. If the nail is too big to remove with just a pincer or pliers, use a drill with a bit that is the same size as the nail to make a hole in the end of the nail. Then use the pincer or pliers to pull the nail out.
Removing a Nail That’s discolored
If a nail is stained or has discoloration, it’s often best to remove it rather than try to clean it. This is because cleaning could cause further damage and stain the nail.
To remove a nail that’s falling off, you’ll need a pair of pliers, a nail clipper, and some nail polish remover.
1. With the pliers, grip the end of the nail nearest the cuticle and pull slowly and carefully until the nail comes off.
2. If the nail is too short to come off with just the pliers, use the nail clipper to cut off the end nearest the cuticle.
3. Apply nail polish remover to the end of the nail that’s been cut off and to the surrounding area.
4. Rub the remover around the nail until it starts to dissolve.
5. Apply more remover to the area around the nail, if necessary.
6. Push the cut end of the nail into the remover until it’s fully dissolved.
7. Hold the nail clipper close to the end of the nail that’s been cut off and snip off the remaining nail.
8. Rinse the area well with water and pat it dry.
Removing a Nail That’s Infected
If you can see the tip of the nail is white or gray and the nail is separating from the thin skin below it, then it is infected and needs to be removed. If you can’t see the tip, it is likely just a thin nail and can be left alone.
To remove a nail that is infected, use a thin, sharp object such as a knife or a pair of scissors. Cut just below the infection and remove the nail. Do not cut into the underlying nail bed. Clean the wound and surrounding area with a antiseptic solution. Apply a bandage if needed.
If you have a nail that is falling off, the best way to remove it is to use a nail clipper. Be sure to use caution when clipping the nail as you may end up cutting into the nail bed.