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A 22-year-old female asked:

I slammed my finger in a door about 3 weeks ago. the bottom half of my nail is black. will it come off by itself or do i need to see a doctor?

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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 40 years experience
Exam: A “subungual hematoma” or bleeding under a fingernail or toenail after trauma usually isn’t worrisome unless you also have broken bones or there is damage to the nail bed and/or surrounding tissues. I suggest you have an exam at a medical clinic as soon as possible to check for any possible treatable damage.
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Dr. Harold Mandel
General Practice 42 years experience
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Also decompression, or trephination, to drain any underlying blood & relieve any pressure & pain, may be necessary. I wish you well with your health!
Oct 18, 2019
Last updated Nov 2, 2019

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