Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail) - Causes

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Published: April 21

I was practicing some kicking techniques on a hanging heavy bag. The bag was especially dense on the bottom. I was hitting it with my instep but my big right toe caught some of the brunt force contact. I immediately felt the pain but continued on. When I arrived home I removed my shoe and sock and noticed the black nail. Two days later I went to a local clinic and the doctor there performed the cautery (burning a hole through the nail) procedure typical for a subungual hematoma. Fortunately the blood underneath was not hardened and it drained out nicely..

Published: November 13

I was diagnosed with subungual hematoma 2 days ago on my right big toe, even though I know I did not slam, hit, or pinch it in any way. Everyone says I must have and that I must not remember. It’s been on my foot for 5 months and I was told that this could take up to a year to disappear..