How to Treat Bleeding Under the Nail


How to Treat Bleeding Under the Nail. Bleeding under a fingernail or toenail may mean that you have a nail bed laceration, or it may be hematoma, a bruised nail. If you have hematoma, you can often treat it yourself. If you have a nail bed laceration, however, you need immediate medical attention. There are some steps you should take to determine your best course of action.

Remove any jewelry you may have on and wash the affected area. Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop the bleeding.

Examine the area. If the finger or toe is bent or deformed, if there is a deep cut, or if part of the nail is lifted away from the nail bed or missing, you need immediate medical attention.

Wrap the hand or foot in a clean towel. Keep it elevated above your heart if possible.

Check your health records to see when you last received a tetanus shot. Then go to a doctor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Your doctor will remove your nail if you have a serious nail bed laceration. Using magnifying equipment, he will assess the nail bed for repair, and probably sew up the nail bed and surrounding skin.
  • Do not pull on the injured nail or try to remove it. If your injury is not treated, you may get a scar or your nail may grow back abnormally.

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