Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail) (cont.)
After the subungual hematoma has been drained, follow-up is usually not necessary.
Antibiotics are not routinely necessary after a subungual hematoma is drained.
If the nail was removed and a cut in your nail bed was stitched closed, you should see your doctor in 48-72 hours for re-examination.
Usually, the type of sutures (stitches) placed will dissolve, so removal is not needed.
If non-dissolvable sutures (nylon) are placed in a nail bed laceration, they need to be removed in about seven days in the emergency department or by your doctor.
Close monitoring is still recommended.
Subungual Hematoma Prevention
Use common sense and practice other safety-minded actions to prevent getting your fingers slammed in doors or dropping heavy objects on your toes.
Steel-toed shoes are important safety equipment to wear on certain high-risk jobs such as construction.
Watch children's hands as you open and close car doors.
Give your full attention to the task at hand. Finger injuries often happen when the person using the tool is distracted.
Don't lift something you cannot handle alone. Find people to help you carry heavy objects to avoid dropping them on your toes.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/14/2014
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