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Nail Injuries (cont.)

How Is a Nail Injury Diagnosed?

The doctor will make a detailed examination of the hand or foot and the injured nail and decide the extent of treatment and repair necessary by performing the following procedures.

  • The doctor will want to know exactly how the injury occurred to determine possible injuries and if the wound is contaminated (especially if it is from a bite).
  • The doctor will ask about other medical problems, medications, allergies, and the date of your most recent tetanus shot.
  • Your pulse and blood pressure will be checked.
  • Possibly, an x-ray of the hand or foot will be taken.
  • Blood tests are not usually required.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016
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