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A 28-year-old male asked:

what is the definition or description of: subungual hematoma?

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Dr. Richard Tholen
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Blood beneath . . .: The nailbed. Trauma to the nailbed (as from an inadvertent hammer strike) can split the soft tissues of the nailbed, causing bleeding, but the collection of blood is prevented from escaping by the adherent nail to the remainder of the nailbed. Drilling or burning a hole can let the blood out, relieving pain, but repair of larger naibed lacerations is needed to prevent nail growth abnormalities.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Subungual Hematoma : This term refers to blood collection beneath a nail. It can involve finger or toenails and typically requires some form of trauma or injurious force.

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A member asked:

Any over-the-counter help for someone with subungual hematoma?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Pain Management: Only pain management and infection prevention-tylenol, antibiotic ointment.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Don't understand need for antibiotic ointment which can not penetrate the nail.
Mar 16, 2012
A 40-year-old member asked:

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my subungual hematoma?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Regular MD: Most bleeding under the naill comes from trauma. Usually nothing is needed (cold packs during the acute phase is helpful). If the finger is painful, you might need drainage. This can be done painlessly by your regular doctor.
A member asked:

Are the symptoms of subungual hematoma bad?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Rarely: This is a bleeding point underneath a nail, usually from trauma. Much of the pain is due to the trauma but the blood can also cause discomfort. If persistent, you can have the blood drained by having your doctor open a hole through the nail allowing the blood to exit. This is actually a painless procedure.
A member asked:

Do a lot of people get subungual hematoma?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Very common after finger trauma.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What should I do about subungual hematoma?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Get it drained: This is one of the most satisfying treatments in a primary care office. Some doctors have a special drill to go through the nail. I have used a hemostat, a red hot paper clip and a lighter when in the field on a camping trip. The trick it to just go through the nail and not into the soft tissue below. The relief is instant.

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