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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 poked my eye with my fingernail. What should I do?

I accidentally poked my eye with my fingernail. What should I do?

Probably Nothing: If your eye doesn't hurt, isn't red and the vision clear don't worry about it. If you're experiencing discomfort, you may have an abrasion. If it persists, be sure to be seen by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I accidentally poked my eye with my fingernail, now there's a red dot. Should I see an eye doctor?

I accidentally poked my eye with my fingernail, now there's a red dot. Should I see an eye doctor?

Depends: This is a very common injury and the bruise you now have on your eye a very common result. If your vision is unchanged, you are not having any significant eye pain, headache, light sensitivity, eye redness (other than this one spot) and if your pupil is still round in that eye then you are probably okay to watch this; use cool compresses bad artificial tears; go to your eye doctor for worsening. ...Read more

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I poke white part of my eye hour ago with fingernail while taking out contact. Shows dark red spot that hurts will it stop hurting on its own?

I poke white part of my eye hour ago with fingernail while taking out contact. Shows dark red spot that hurts will it stop hurting on its own?

Hemorrhage: Your white of your eye likely has a small hemorrhage from the mild eye trauma from pinching the contact lens. It's self limited & usually resolves in a week. The pain should resolve soon. Your eye may feel slight irritated though. Try frequent artificial tears (4-6 times). If your symptoms worsen with any change in vision, seek attention by your eye MD. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for the eye to be poked with a fingernail on the lower part near the bone, on the eyelid but still on the eyeball feeling pain?

Is it dangerous for the eye to be poked with a fingernail on the lower part near the bone, on the eyelid but still on the eyeball feeling pain?

Yes, it could be...: 19 y/o female asks Is it dangerous for the eye to be poked with a fingernail on the lower part near the bone, on the eyelid but still on the eyeball feeling pain? Yes, it could be; but then again it may be benign. However this kind of injury should not be ignored as bad infection can happen very quickly there. One should see an Eye Doctor asap or at least see their PCP within 24hrs. ...Read more

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Poked my eye with finger nail how long to heal?

Poked my eye with finger nail how long to heal?

24 hours: The eye is the fastest healing tissue and if not infected or large it should heal in 24 hours. ...Read more

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Fingernail in my eye.

Corneal abrasion: Corneal abrasions can lead to infection and corneal scarring. The only way to diagnose an abrasion is to instill a dye such as flourescin and examination with either a coabalt blue lens or woods lamp. If pain persists you shoud be evaluated by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My fingernails were used to scrape my eyes. Will this cause vision loss?

It is possible: If you have scratched/scraped your eyes, then this can result in vision loss. This depends upon the extent of the injury and whether the scrape occurred in the center of the front of your eye (the cornea) or on the side of your eye. If this has occurred and has not healed, you should seek evaluation with a trained eye care professional. ...Read more

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Cut my eye with fingernail, now it's bleeding. Small amnt of pain. Vision ok for now. Rinsed it out - still bleeding. What to do?

Cut my eye with fingernail, now it's bleeding. Small amnt of pain. Vision ok for now. Rinsed it out - still bleeding. What to do?

Corneal abrasion: Or you may need to go to an urgicare center, as corneal abrasions should not get infected or they can become problematic. If the cut is over your pupil, you definitely should have it evaluated so your vision does not get affected in the future. You may need an antibiotic cream to put on your eye and sometimes even a patch to help heal the area. ...Read more

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How Much Will Eye Surgery cost? An what will Happen if I don't get eye surgery? For the fingernail removal?

How Much Will Eye Surgery cost? An what will Happen if I don't get eye surgery? For the fingernail removal?

EYE SURGERY COST ETC: HAVE SEEN AN EYE SURGEON?
DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
IT SOUNDS AS IF YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR VERY SOON.
IF YOU DON'T TAKE CARE OF IT RIGHT AWAY, IT WILL LEAD TO SEVERE COMPLICATIONS, INCLUDING BLINDNESS.
PLEASE DO IT RIGHT AWAY! ...Read more

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What might cause swelling in ankles, under eyes, and a red, purplish tint to fingernail beds? Also have some gastrointestinal trouble and pain rt ab.

What might cause swelling in ankles, under eyes, and a red, purplish tint to fingernail beds? Also have some gastrointestinal trouble and pain rt ab.

See your doctor: Your history has listed hypothyroid and diabetes on insulin pump; in addition, your symptoms are vague and can be caused by so many things. I would recommend making an appointment with your physician to discuss your symptoms. That way they can ask the proper f/u questions and better understand what you are noticing AND they can examine you (which is an important part when you are c/o abd pain) ...Read more

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The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

The tips of my fingernails are yellow is this a fungal infection or jaundice? The whites of my eyes are normal so I don't know?

Yellow nails: The tips of the nails can discolor as they get older simply as a matter of aging, jaundice has to do with your skin, which are active and living, dividing cells. The ends of the nails are no longer live cells, where you skin, for the most part is still alive and dividing cells... ...Read more

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I sometimes get so depressed that I press my fingernails into the crown of my head to relieve the "pressure". Is thst typical of bipolar?

I sometimes get so depressed that I press my fingernails into the crown of my head to relieve the "pressure". Is thst typical of bipolar?

Maybe: You can't diagnose bipolar from the symptoms you describe. You are depressed and should seek help for both an appropriate diagnosis if you are concerned about bipolar and for treatment. You might benefit from both counseling and medication. See what the doctor prescribes after a complete evaluation ...Read more

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How could my friend get a finger nail out her eye?

How could my friend get a finger nail out her eye?

FINGERNAIL IN EYE: THIS HAS TO BE REMOVED BY A DOCTOR!
PREFERABLY BY AN EYE DOCTOR. NOT AN OPTOMETRIST OR AN OPTICIAN!
A MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN EYES. . . ...Read more

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I scratched the white part of my eye with my finger nail. It's Extremely painful!!! I can see the scratch and it looks bad what should I do??

I scratched the white part of my eye with my finger nail. It's Extremely painful!!! I can see the scratch and it looks bad what should I do??

Scratched eye: If you mean the cornea got scratched you will need to get to you Ophthalmologist or an ER for care. If the white part means the conjunctiva then you could apply a soothing eye ointment and patch the eye till you get to see your Ophthalmologist. Corneal abrasions are usually very painful and need immediate attention. Other symptoms are light sensitivity. Pain and blurred vision ...Read more

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My Friend Has a finger nail in her eye will she go blind?

My Friend Has a finger nail in her eye will she go blind?

Scratched?: If your friend has had a fingernail scratch her eye, she will not likely go blind. It will likely heal in a few days. If she has a fingernail embedded in her eye (yikes), she should see an ophthalmologist. Good luck. LGromkoMD ...Read more

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Will I have to get surgery since I have a finger nail in my eye?

Will I have to get surgery since I have a finger nail in my eye?

FINGERNAIL IN EYE: I ANSWERED THIS QUESTION ALREADY.
THE ANSWER IS: YES.
YES ...Read more

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What happens when you get finger nail polish in the eye?

What happens when you get finger nail polish in the eye?

Irritation: Nail polish is acetone which can cause a chemical keratoconjunctivitis but would not typically be vision threatening and would usually resolve without treatment. Initially immediate irrigation with water would dilute the acetone and limit the ocular damage. Any chemical that gets into the eye should be flushed with water immediately. The most vision threatening chemicals are lyes such as ammonia. ...Read more

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My finger nail is purple (thx to a car door incidence 5 days ago). No pain at all. Should I see a doctor yet or just keep an eye on it.

If you are in pain: You may have a subungual hematoma, and the blood beneath the nail can be released
to decrease pressure and throbbing pian. ...Read more

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Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

No - they are: Different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans):
Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic lice = Pthirus pubis.
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Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

Decreased sensation head to toe, blue purple finger nails toe nails weakness arms and legs no energy cognitive functions slow loss of concentration?

A visit to the dr: Is a good idea. When was your last physical? A good history and physical with blood work should be performed......At minimum. ...Read more

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I was laying on my chest and when I got up, I poked myself in my neck with my fingernail. I have this obsessive thought that I poked my jugular vein.

I was laying on my chest and when I got up, I poked myself in my neck with my fingernail. I have this obsessive thought that I poked my jugular vein.

Relax: Unless you are bleeding massively from your neck you did not. The vein is protected by quite a bit of tissue that make it difficult to get to unlike the portrayals on the current TV shows. ...Read more

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What if nail is poked on eye?

What if nail is poked on eye?

Depends: It really depends on where on the eye the nail hit and at what force. You could have a mild abrasion, to a subconjunctival hemorrhage (essentially a bruise on the eyeball), to more severe conditions such as glaucoma (high eye pressures), cataracts (cloudy lens), and retinal detachment with permanent loss of vision. See an eye md for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I poked my eye. Is there a home remedy?

I poked my eye. Is there a home remedy?

Probably not: This depends on the extent of any injury. I f you got poked and are having pain, you probably scratched or bruised your eye and may need medical attention. Sunglasses and over the counter pain meds may prove helpful. ...Read more

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Got poked in eye. How do I stop stinging?

Got poked in eye. How do I stop stinging?

See eye MD: The stinging suggests that the surface of the eye is damaged from the trauma. You should see an eye md for proper evaluation and treatment. Without proper treatment, you have an increased risk for other complications, such as infection, decreased or loss of vision, scarring, etc. ...Read more

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Can I go blind after being poked in the eye?

Can I go blind after being poked in the eye?

Eye injury: Blunt trauma to the eye can cause problems, including corneal abrasion (immediate pain), inflammation in the eye (often delayed onset), cataract, hemorrhage, retinal bruising, retinal tear, and retinal detachment. Any significant injury to the eye warrants evaluation by an ophthalmologist to rule out and treat complications. ...Read more