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A black toenail or a dead toenail occurs if we drop something heavy on the nail. Athletes who do not use proper size shoes get dead toenails. A dead toenail will occur due to fungal infection or if we stab our toes on solid objects.Leave the dead toenail undisturbed. It will fall off automatically after a few days. Apply tea tree oil or olive leaf extract to the affected toe nail at least three times a day. This will help the dead toenail fall off quickly. Applying iodine on the black toenail aids in the recovery process.

Allow the dead toenail to fall by itself if it is not causing pain. Consult a doctor if symptoms worsen.

Remove the toenail at home if it does not cause any pain. Clean your toe with an antiseptic solution and water. Place five drops of iodine over the toenail. Let it absorb for five minutes. Wash the iodine off with water.

Use a cuticle remover or a small sharp needle. Peel off the dead skin from the sides of the toenail.

Peel off the black outer nail using tweezers. It won’t hurt most of the times, as a new nail will be growing under the black nail. A fully grown nail takes four to five months to grow back.

Pull the toenail away from the toe using tweezers. Cut the exposed parts of the nail using scissors. Dress up the wound if you see any bleeding using gauze.

Squeeze three drops of tea tree oil or olive leaf extract using an eye dropper. Apply the oil three times a day. Spread the oil around the affected area using a cotton swab. Let the oil absorb for 10 minutes.

Medications like Fluconazole and Terbinafine can be taken for quick healing. (See References 1) Adding garlic to your diet helps in healing the toenail fungus. Consult your doctor before taking the medication.

Wait for a few days if your toenail is completely stuck. Do not pull it out with force. This can permanently damage your toenail. Repeat Steps 2 to 6.


Stop the process immediately if there is too much pain. Removing dead toenails which still have blood flow under them can lead to permanent damage.

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Dave Sanders

David Sanders works for YBM Publishing as a textbook content writer and copy editor. He has worked in the publishing industry since 2006 and also writes home-and-gardening articles for several online publications. Sanders graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in classics and contemporary studies.