U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 20-year-old female asked:

I stepped on a nail and it started to turn black around it. what's happening?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Infection: Your wound is possibly getting infected. At the very least, you likely have a blood blister. Nevertheless, you need to see your doctor right away to make sure it's not infected and also to get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one recently.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 36 years experience
Nail black: Any change in the color of the skin after a puncture should be assessed immediately. There are many things that this could represent from a collection of blood, decayed tissue to an infectious process. Go soon.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 21-year-old member asked:
Can I only get tetanus if I step on a rusty nail?
2 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
A 32-year-old member asked:
I stepped on a nail. How concerned should I be about tentanus..?
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A member asked:
I stepped on a nail and it still hurts what do I do now? It punctured the skin
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 42-year-old member asked:
My son stepped on a rusty nail and he has had his dtap series done, will he be ok?
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.