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Will I lose my nail if I hit it with a hammer?

Will I lose my nail if I hit it with a hammer?

Depends on damage: If there is bleeding under the nail that extends to the base of the nail, then you will probably lose the nail. This may take weeks to months to come off. It will usually get pushed off as the new nail grows out. Usually the nail will grow back normally unless the nail bed has been damaged. If nail bed damage has occurred, then some type of nail dystrophy will be permanent. Dr l. ...Read more

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I hit my nail with a hammer. It became black -purple. What should I do ?

I hit my nail with a hammer. It became black -purple. What should I do ?

Depends: If you have acute pain due to blood under the nail, a hot paper clip works perfectly: do not attempt without experience. ER people do it routinely. The nail will be discolored and grooved until the affected area is shed off by growth of new nail. A complete fingernail is replaced in 6 months, a toenail in 12. ...Read more

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Will my nail fall off if black after hammer hit the finger?

Will my nail fall off if black after hammer hit the finger?

Depends on damage: If there is bleeding under the nail that extends to the base of the nail, then you will probably lose the nail. This may take weeks to months to come off. It will usually get pushed off as the new nail grows out. Usually the nail will grow back normally unless the nail bed has been damaged. If nail bed damage has occurred, then some type of nail dystrophy will be permanent. Dr l. ...Read more

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Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken . What can be done to reduce swelling?

Hit top of finger by nail with hammer. Bottom of finger quite swollen and black. Do not think it is broken . What can be done to reduce swelling?

Paperclip: Bend paper clip to have a straight end. Secure with a clamp or pliers so you can hold over a flame until red-hot. Press into the nail until the blood runs out from under the nail. You have a crush injury so it will be sore ; swollen for a few days, longer if the bone was crushed. The black color will gradually be shed off the end in 6 months. The small, round hole will reach the end of the nail so. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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I hit my hand lightly with a hammer busted a blood vessel now hand is swollen and hurts do i see my doctor or will it just heal?

I hit my hand lightly with a hammer busted a blood vessel now hand is swollen and hurts do i see my doctor or will it just heal?

Yes see your MD: some times blood collected in the closed compartments of hand in return the increased pressure inside may damage the nerves and blood vessels , your doctor will evaluate and if needed will refer you to a hand surgeon ...Read more

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My big toe is green, purple, and black. I dropped a table on it yesterday. Is it broken? Or will I lose my nail?

My big toe is green, purple, and black. I dropped a table on it yesterday. Is it broken? Or will I lose my nail?

Tough to say...: See a podiatrist for an evaluation. It could be broken, and I can usually predict if someone will lose a nail. ...Read more

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Big toe nail is green w/purple&black bruising by cuticle. I dropped a table on it. Broken? Bruised? Will I lose my nail? Full range of motion, hurts!

Big toe nail is green w/purple&black bruising by cuticle. I dropped a table on it. Broken? Bruised? Will I lose my nail? Full range of motion, hurts!

Wish I had: my x-ray glasses with me but there is only one way to distinguish between broken and not. You may or may not lose the toenail. Hard to tell from this end. Let your doctor take a look. ...Read more