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I Smashed My Thumb Can I Save The Nail
My boyfriend has a black line on his thumb nail .. What does it mean ? How can it go away ? Is it something to be worried about ? He hasn't smashed it
Black line: This probably is going to last for a while. Unfortunately, there seems to be no explanation to the process. It won't hurt to check out with a dermatologist. ...Read more
Nails are dead: Nails are dead from the beginning.A new one will grow with timely. ...Read more
My brother was hammering nails in a wall for a construction crew.....And he smashed his thumb by mistake and it looks mutilated. What should he do?
Go to the ER: He needs to get a tdap and they can irrigate and clean out the wound. ...Read more
Smashed thumb 5 days ago with car door. No pain now. Half of nail is black. Nail will fall off. How many days for the swelling to go down completely?
Smashed thumb with car door 5 days ago. Still swollen with some pressure. Not as painful now. Nail will fall off. How long for swelling to go down?
Up to 2 weeks: Ice the area and elevate it above your heart level will help get the swelling down faster ...Read more
My thumb is very sore at the base of the nail. Feels like a smashed it, but didn't. Not swollen either but sore to the touch. Could this be a pimple?
See a dermatologist: There are several things that can cause what you describe. Having a dermatologist examine you would deb your best first step. This could be something called a gloms tumor (benign) but really needs to be examined to be sure. A biopsy may also be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
I slammed my thumb in a car door three weeks ago. The nail has turned black shortly after, but now there is a foul odor. Should I be concerned?
Yes: The nail bed is covered in old blood that alone would not be a concern but with foul odor implies tissue destruction and infection. Needs to be properly evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
Usually aging: Vertical nail ridges are fairly common and nothing to worry about.The lines extend from the cuticle to the tip of the nail. Vertical nail ridges often become more numerous or prominent with age, possibly due to variations in cell turnover within the nail. Trauma is another etiology.Sometimes nails are brittletransverse line development or discoloration of nails may imply underlying chronic disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I hit my thumb today with a hammer and now it's black under the nail from the bottom up to almost the middle of the nail half moon shaped.. Hurts also?
Treatment advice?: You are reporting so called sub-ungual (under nail) hematoma. Releasing blood could be considered if very painful. I release blood using red hot tip of a bent paper clip. Bend one end of clip 90 degrees, heat it till red hot with flame, e.g. From a lighter.Then push tip of paper clip thru center of hematoma in nail. Cip will burn tiny hole, blood will be released ; blood immediately cools clip tip. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Concerned, yes: Worried, no. See your doctor.Get a more detailed answer ›
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