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Symptoms and Signs of Nail Injuries Home Remedies, Treatment, and Healing Time

Doctor's Notes on Nail Injuries Home Remedies, Treatment, and Healing Time

Nail injuries are traumatic injuries to the fingernails or toenails. Nail injuries may be caused by falls, crush injuries, slicing or cutting injuries, or tearing or ripping injuries. Nail injuries may accompany other injuries to the hands of feet including fractures of bone, sprains, or injury to the soft tissues.

Since there are many different causes of nail injuries, the signs and symptoms associated with these injuries will depend on the type of injury. Associated symptoms can include pain, bleeding or bruising, separation of the nail from the nail bed, a collection of blood beneath the nail (subungual hematoma), redness, tenderness, or numbness. Deformity or misalignment of the fingers or toes may be present along with reduced range of motion of the affected area.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/25/2019


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