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When should you see a healthcare provider about bleeding under your nail (subungual hematoma)?

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Go to an emergency room or call a health care provider immediately if:

  • The finger or toe is deformed. It may be broken.
  • A nearby joint was also injured.
  • More than a quarter of the nail is discolored or there is continuing, intense pain.
  • Signs of infection develop, such as pus, redness, or heat around the nail, or a red streak extends from the wound.

SOURCES:

University of Pennsylvania Health System Orthopaedic Journal: "Emergency Room Treatment of the Hand."

Children's Hospital, Denver: "Finger Injury."

University of Michigan: "Nail Problems and Injuries."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Pennsylvania Health System Orthopaedic Journal: "Emergency Room Treatment of the Hand."

Children's Hospital, Denver: "Finger Injury."

University of Michigan: "Nail Problems and Injuries."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 28, 2017

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