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I slammed my finger in a door. What can I do to save my fingernail from falling off?

I slammed my finger in a door. What can I do to save my fingernail from falling off?

Depends: On how long ago it happened. If more than a day, too late, if it just happened and there is a blood accumulation under the nail, your doctor can drill a small hole to relieve the pressure. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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I accidentally hit slammed my finger on a door and now there's a red/dark red little thing near my finger nail. Is it just a bruise?

I accidentally hit slammed my finger on a door and now there's a red/dark red little thing near my finger nail. Is it just a bruise?

Blood under the: Nail plate can look like a small dark spot/area. Usually itis just a bruise or a small tiny laceration to the strucutres under the nail, on occasion it can occur with a fracture, but a severe fracture usally has deformity or the nail is cracked or lifted off or the area of darkness is larger. If there is no trauma then that is different and needs eval. Do not try ot drain or evacuate the spot. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in a door. What can I do to save my nail? Will it regrow fast?

Nail injury: Most likely the injury you sustained damaged the attachment of the nail to the nail bed. If there was no damage to the nail matrix then your nail should eventually grow out and appear normal over time. However, once the damage was done there is nothing you can do to "save" the nail other than wait patiently. ...Read more

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Slammed pinkie in car door yesterday. I can bend my finger, but it's pink and bruised on the bottom and my fingernail has a dark purple splotch. Isok??

Slammed pinkie in car door yesterday. I can bend my finger, but it's pink and bruised on the bottom and my fingernail has a dark purple splotch. Isok??

Nailbed injury: The purple discoloration under your nail indicates bleeding from the nailbed with an associated nailbed injury. Will usually heal on its own with nail acting as a splint. If painful create a hole in the nail over the blood with flame heated paperclip to decompress. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fracture your finger, under your fingernail, by smashing it in a car door. It happened over 12 hours ago and still is throbbing bad.

Is it possible to fracture your finger, under your fingernail, by smashing it in a car door. It happened over 12 hours ago and still is throbbing bad.

Fingertip fractures: Are commonly DUE to crush or "smashing" injuries, the bone below the nail is very strong but when broken this way it often breaks into several small pieces when the nail is intact. If the nail is torn or rotated then there are concerns for a displaced fracture. The intact nail injuries can hurt and throb a lot but clearing blood with Nail holes is to be used with caution in true fractures ...Read more

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What can I do when I slammed my finger in a door?

What can I do when I slammed my finger in a door?

Ice and NSAIDs: First, use ice and nsaids. If you have localized bony pain, or if you have significant difficulty moving or using your finger, or if there is a significant open wound, you should see a physician for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in a door, so I called 911 because it was bleeding so much but I wasn't sure if there was something else I should've done?

I slammed my finger in a door, so I called 911 because it was bleeding so much but I wasn't sure if there was something else I should've done?

Not a 911 injury: No one bled 2 death from a crushed finger. U turned a this into a very expensive situation 4 u. Some cities may transfer the cost 2 u personally. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in a door on accidently. Now it is black and blue. And a little pressure how will I know if I need a hole in my nail? Looks wise.

I slammed my finger in a door on accidently. Now it is black and blue. And a little pressure how will I know if I need a hole in my nail? Looks wise.

Nail bruised?: If the nail is black and blue, it means you have a bruise/blood collection under the nail. Piercing the nail will allow the blood to evacuate, and will relieve the pressure. However, you should see your doctor, as he can anesthetize your finger first if it is needed. If the finger is broken, you should be seen as well. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago I slammed my finger in a door and now there is grennish/yellow pus coming from it, why? There is a little swelling but little pain

2 weeks ago I slammed my finger in a door and now there is grennish/yellow pus coming from it, why? There is a little swelling but little pain

You: You have likely defeloped an infection. You need to seek medical care right away. If an infection is the cause then you will need antibiotics and diagnostic testing to find out what type of bacteria you are dealing with and what medications will work. (this is called a wound culture and sensitivity).
Take care. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in a door didn't break skin but it aorta turned red with spots like if it's bleeding without actual blood should I be worried?

I slammed my finger in a door didn't break skin but it aorta turned red with spots like if it's bleeding without actual blood should I be worried?

No: Crush injury with bleeding under the surface. Will be swollen, sore, and discolored for 2 or 3 weeks. If it is very stiff/ painful, if it feels like loose/ cracking bone, consider x-ray for fracture. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in the door and the top is swollen and purple and has a red line going through it and is very painful should I see a doctor?

I slammed my finger in the door and the top is swollen and purple and has a red line going through it and is very painful should I see a doctor?

Ouch: Bandage and immobylize, unless break in skin or if obviously deformed. Wait a day. If the symtoms persit with significant pain and unable to move get checked. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, I just slammed my finger in the car door and its very painful and hurts to bend it...im also on coumadin (warfarin) and my INR has been low at 1.0?

Hello doctor, I just slammed my finger in the car door and its very painful and hurts to bend it...im also on coumadin (warfarin) and my INR has been low at 1.0?

Need to see doctor: It is not feasible to say if you have fracture of your finger. However, your INR of 1.0 means that you are not anticoagulated at all and should see your doctor for that. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger in the door and now I have a blood clot. How to get rid of blood clot in your middle finger.

Heated needle: If I am understanding you correctly, you have a blood clot underneath your fingernail (which can be extremely painful). Draining the blood can provide relief and the easiest way to do this at home is to heat a needle to sterilize it and gently make a hole in your fingernail to allow the blood to drain (a very hot needle also makes it easier to puncture the nail). Otherwise, see a doc for help. ...Read more

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I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

Fracture or not?: After an accident like this, if you have enough pain that you think you may have fractured your finger, it is best to visit a physician so that he or she can make sure that you have intact neurovascular status. Your doctor can splint your finger and order x-rays if appropriate. The diagnosis of a fracture is suspected with point tenderness and pain, but is confirmed with radiographs. ...Read more

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I slammed my finger into my car door last Sunday and its still swollen and blue. Not only that but the blue is spreading to the outside of my nail.?

Finger injury: If there is blood under the nail- it will resolve itself. Should have been drained. IF IT IS JUST BLUE ON THE PULP of the finger-- will take 2-3 week to get better-- pain relief recommend. If pain id worse or any movement issues-- get X-ray through your GP to rule out underlying fracture. ...Read more

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Finger Injury (Definition)

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