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A drawer fell on my big toe and now underneath the toe nail is blackish blueish, what should I do?
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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
What you describe is a black toenail or subungal hematoma.
This can be extremely painful and there can be pressure under the nail from continued bleeding. Most of the time the pain and throbbing improves with rest & ice. The discoloration improves with time as the blood stained nail grows out. However, if the pressure/pain continues or gets worse the hematoma must be drained by a doctor.

In brief: It depends
What you describe is a black toenail or subungal hematoma.
This can be extremely painful and there can be pressure under the nail from continued bleeding. Most of the time the pain and throbbing improves with rest & ice. The discoloration improves with time as the blood stained nail grows out. However, if the pressure/pain continues or gets worse the hematoma must be drained by a doctor.
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Nothing
If it is not painful it will grow out.
However if the color disturbs you a doctor can makeva tiny hole in the nail to release the blood.

In brief: Nothing
If it is not painful it will grow out.
However if the color disturbs you a doctor can makeva tiny hole in the nail to release the blood.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
In brief: Xrays
Any crushing injury to the nail unit should be evaluated for fracture and depending on much involvement there is to the nail plate, this may need to be removed to inspect the nail bed and ensure there are no underlying lacerations.

In brief: Xrays
Any crushing injury to the nail unit should be evaluated for fracture and depending on much involvement there is to the nail plate, this may need to be removed to inspect the nail bed and ensure there are no underlying lacerations.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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