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Subungual Hematoma (Bleeding Under Nail) (cont.)

Follow-up

  • 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.
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