Should I file the nail or wait?

Patient

Q: I have what looks like an air bubble under my thumb nail. It takes up about 1/3 of the nail. It's not discolored nor is the nail deteriorating; it's actually clear. However, I filed my nail a bit and when I pull my nail back very slightly it feels like it's coming off. What's your best suggestion? Do I file the nail down past the large clear bubble (which is a considerable amount) or do I simply wait for the new nail to grow in?

Symptoms:  None
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