Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail) (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care for a Subungual Hematoma
If the pain is mild and the hematoma (blood collection) is less than 25% of the area under the nail, then home care can be considered.
If the hematoma is 50% or more of the underlying nail area, then medical attention is required.
If the injury that causes the subungual hematoma is severe enough to cause intense pain and tenderness, you should seek medical attention. The mechanism of injury for this condition can cause a fracture to the bone at the end of the finger or toe or a laceration to the nail bed under the nail that may require further medical attention.
Scott D Fell, DO, FAAEM
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