How can I heal my cracked toenail properly?
Hi there -- I have been compulsively picking my left toenail for about over a year or so, and I am seeking medical advice. The toenail itself went through trauma on a past trip, by accident a door was swung into it, causing a slight crack in the middle.
I have OCD in general and I began to get bothered when I glanced at the cracked nail, so I would pick at it. This would also happen when I was in a state of stress, the scratching/picking caused a little relief. At this point there is clearly damage that I have done to my nail and I'm not entirely too sure on how to go about it.
I have done a lot of research on self help methods in order to stop, and from what I found I understand I just have to stop and it will grow back. I have stopped my self from picking and once in a while I will catch myself touching the nail, but I never scratch it anymore.
I've been applying Nutra Nail 'Growth Formula' (w/ Green Tea and Acai Betty). It helps moisturize the nail for quicker regrowth. It's been helping slightly.
I wanted to get an opinion and if there is any way I can have the nail grow back properly.
I have included two pictures of the nail below:
Thank you, I look forward to hearing back from you!
1643 day(s) ago