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My Tie Nail Is Black And Falling Off
A kid's nails are falling for no reason it starts getting black from under then the whole nails is black then it fall's please help?
See a dermatologist: A couple of possibilities. A fungal or bacterial infection of the nail can cause discoloration and nail shedding. Pseudomonas nail infection gives a green-gray nail discoloration which can get loose and possibly fall. Also blood collections (subungual hematoma) can do the same, usually from trauma. This needs an evaluation and some lab tests and cultures. Please see your dermatologist right away. ...Read more
I smashed my finger 2 days ago nail is black and it's swollen should I get it drained or wait till the nail falls off i'm in a lot of pain ?
Drain if in pain: If the nail is causing you a lot of pain, it's a good idea to see your doc to have it properly drained. The process will involve burning a hole in the nail with a small, hot wire, allowing the collected blood to drain out. Eventually the nail will likely fall off on its own but draining it will release the pressure relieve the pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Subungual hematoma; left index, how long until nail falls off? Lots of blood accumulating under nail. Black in colour. Severely painful and swollen.
Trephination: Ouch! Go see your family doc about this condition, the sooner the better. S/he can make a hole (trephinate) in your nail allowing blood to escape, thus relieving pressure & pain. No anesthesia needed. Instant pain relief w/very dramatic release of blood build up. Check out http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/82926-overview for more info. ...Read more
Get it looked at: A black discoloration of the skin around the nail could be due to a variety of reasons including infection, trauma, or in rare instances a skin cancer. If you have not notice any significant improvement or if it has increased in size, you should having it looked at by your primary care physician who may want to refer you to a dermatologist or podiatrist for a biopsy. ...Read more
Blood under nail: If you hit your skin very hard, it will damage small blood vessels in your skin, and you will get a bruise, where blood has leaked from the veins into the skin. If you hit your finger nail very hard, you will get bleeding under the nail, which may lift your nail up. There is no where for this blood to go, and the black, old blood, will remain until the nail grows out and it may take months. ...Read more
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