Two months ago (11 weeks to be precise) I crushed my middle finger in a door. (The nail was intact and both sides still attached, it just received a crush injury down at the lunar/growning end). I had it Xrayed which ruled out any fracture but nothing else was done. Approximately 50% of the nail went black.
I now know that the hematoma should have been drained ('trephination'?) and/or the nail removed to repair any nail bed lacerations. Neither of these was done.
Now the blackened nail is significantly raised compared to its healthy neighbours (probably due to the build up of now-dried up blood underneath) and it is growing out. (It is not raised in a regular way, it is more raised on one side)
But what worries me is that the new nail underneath appears to be growing in a different shape. It is more curved (from left to right, not from fingertip to joint). I have read that sometimes crush injuries result in permanent nail deformity.
My question is this: since it is obviously now to late for trephination, is there anything I can do to avoid permanent nail deformity, for cosmetic reasons? Should I have the blackened nail removed so that the new nail can finish growing without the pressure from above distorting it into a funny shape, a funny shape which might then remain imprinted forever? Is there anything else that can be done?
I would be very grateful for any advice because I would hate to miss any opportunity to prevent nail deformity.