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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Hematoma (Definition)

A scalp hematoma is a condition in which there has been bleeding between the scalp and the skull, and the blood is trapped under the scalp, forming a blood-filled bulge. Scalp hematomas usually resolve without treatment. They are more common in babies who needed vacuum-assisted deliveries, because vacuum on a baby's scalp can cause ...Read more


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What should I do about subungual hematoma?

Get it drained: This is one of the most satisfying treatments in a primary care office. Some doctors have a special drill to go through the nail. I have used a hemostat, a red hot paper clip and a lighter when in the field on a camping trip. The trick it to just go through the nail and not into the soft tissue below. The relief is instant. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of subungual hematoma bad?

Rarely: This is a bleeding point underneath a nail, usually from trauma. Much of the pain is due to the trauma but the blood can also cause discomfort. If persistent, you can have the blood drained by having your doctor open a hole through the nail allowing the blood to exit. This is actually a painless procedure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: subungual hematoma?

Subungual Hematoma : This term refers to blood collection beneath a nail. It can involve finger or toenails and typically requires some form of trauma or injurious force. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with subungual hematoma?

Pain meds, but...: A dermatologist (or other trained doc) can drain the hematoma through the nail; safe and relatively easy. Don't try this at home. ...Read more

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With a subungual hematoma.... How come sometimes the blood is black and sometimes it is brown? Is one better than the other?

With a subungual hematoma....  How come sometimes the blood is black and sometimes it is brown?  Is one better than the other?

No: Normal course of resolution of hematoma anywhere in the body is change in color from black/ blue to brown to greenish to pale yellow to disappear. That is just how blood cells in the clot ( or hematoma) disintegrate. No other clinucal relevance. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get subungual hematoma?

If injured, yes: Subungual hematoma is a blood clot under a nail, usually from a direct blow (hitting your fingertip with a hammer, stubbing your toe). If you seek medical attention within the first 24 hours, they can be drained with a hot probe thru the nail - generally almost painlessly, and by relieving the pressure it really helps the pain! very small hematomas or older ones are not worth draining. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my subungual hematoma?

Regular MD: Most bleeding under the naill comes from trauma. Usually nothing is needed (cold packs during the acute phase is helpful). If the finger is painful, you might need drainage. This can be done painlessly by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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