How to Treat a Bruised Nail

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A bruised nail treatment includes ice packs, ibuprofen and elevating the foot or hand. Learn to treat bruised nails with expert tips from a fire captain in this free video about first aid treatments.

Part of the Video Series: First Aid for Minor Injuries
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Video Transcript

You know, at some point in time, we all incur injuries of a minor nature. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what I'm going to talk about is how to treat a bruised nail. A bruised nail, referred to as a subungual hematoma can occur when a damaged area of the fingertip or toe takes place. It will show itself with purplish, or black and blue areas of blood as it collects and pools under the nail bed. This will cause a great deal of pain, discomfort, and throbbing. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen should be administered as pain reliever, ice applied to reduce swelling and bleeding, and then that part of the body elevated above the heart to reduce throbbing. If throbbing is too painful, or a very intense pain occurs, a doctor may recommend draining the blood from that area, so a trip to the emergency room or the doctor's office may be in order. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we'll see you next time.


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