Nail Injuries (cont.)
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When Should I Call the Doctor About a Fingernail or Toenail Injury?
If the qualifications for home care are met (See "Self-Care at Home" below), then a visit to the doctor is indicated only in the following cases.
Most nail injuries are best managed in a hospital's emergency department instead of at the doctor's office. You should be seen within six hours and can be transported by private vehicle. Calling an ambulance is unnecessary unless there are other more serious injuries. Anything worse than a small nail bruise should be brought to the emergency department for evaluation and repair. This includes the following examples.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016
Allison Harvey, MD
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