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Is it best to do needle drainage for subungual hematoma or to let it heal on its own?
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
In brief: It depends
How much of the nail has the blood under it and if it is painful.

In brief: It depends
How much of the nail has the blood under it and if it is painful.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. Paul Harper
Surgery
In brief: Drain it.
These things hurt terribly.
I don't use needle drainage: too slow and painful. I use a heated (to red hot) bent paper clip to puncture the nail. Takes less than a second and the relief is instantaneous. There is no pain from the heated paper clip. Looks barbaric but works well.

In brief: Drain it.
These things hurt terribly.
I don't use needle drainage: too slow and painful. I use a heated (to red hot) bent paper clip to puncture the nail. Takes less than a second and the relief is instantaneous. There is no pain from the heated paper clip. Looks barbaric but works well.
Dr. Paul Harper
Dr. Paul Harper
Thank
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