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A 62-year-old female asked:

Bleeding after toe nail removal. had 1/3 big toenail removed this aft. bled thru bandage & sock. didn't know to elevate. seems to have stopped. ok?

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 25 years experience
Ok: If the bleeding has stopped, you should be fine. Make sure to follow up with your doctor.
Dr. Santiago Roldan
21 years experience
Watch aspirin..: Usually this procedure requires to stop and or diminish your dose of aspirin. But if bleeding already stopped you shouldn't have any bleeding problem. Make sure your are under antibiotics to prevent infection. D.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
If stopped then OK: If the bleeding stopped then you should be ok.It may be related to you taking 2full strength aspirins a day, change the dressing and if start bleeding again see your doctor or go to er.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Likely: Put some topical antibiotic on the nail bed, hold pressure if it bleeds. Elevate by lying down and putting leg on pillows, head of the bed etc to elevate. Might have held up, on the Aspirin preop-- hindsight!
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Probably, however...: Your bandage should be changed if it has soaked through, so you should give your doctors office a call. They should have someone on call for emergencies. Given that it is now evening in georgia, you may need to go to the hospital emergency room. Also please make sure your doctors know you take 2 Aspirin daily, as Aspirin interferes with clotting and will make you bleed more easily.

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