Should I drill a hole in my fingernail to relieve pressure?

You could try to burn or drill through the nail to relieve the pain, but this is a procedure often best left to your physician. If you really want to do it at home, I suggest using a very small-diameter drill bit and rotating it between your thumb and pointer finger.

How do you relieve pressure subungual hematoma?

How do you treat a subungual hematoma at home?
  1. Keep the affected hand or foot elevated (reduces the swelling).
  2. Apply ice wrapped in a cloth over the affected finger/toe.
  3. Compress the nail by wrapping a tight bandage around it (reduces the bleeding).
  4. Take over-the-counter analgesics to relieve the pain.

When do you need to drain blood under nail?

If the hematoma is 50% or more of the underlying nail area, then medical attention is required. If the injury that causes the subungual hematoma is severe enough to cause intense pain and tenderness, seek medical attention.

What to do when you smash your fingernail and it turns black?

Though they can be very painful, most smashed fingers heal after a few days of at-home care. Rest, ice, elevation, and the use of OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications are generally the best way to get immediate and long-term relief from this injury.

How long can you wait to drain a subungual hematoma?

The key is to ensure that the hematoma is not older than 48 hours. In most cases, the hematoma can be drained with a large needle without any complications. Follow up of patients is recommended to ensure that there is no infection and the hematoma has resolved.

Is it normal for a hematoma to harden?

Many injuries can develop a hematoma and give the area a firm, lumpy appearance. If you have an injury, you might have more than a bruise. It’s important to see your doctor if your bruise swells or becomes a firm lump, because it might mean something more severe happened under the skin.

Does it hurt to drain a subungual hematoma?

Drainage of a subungual hematoma is often accomplished with use of an electrocautery device or heated 18-gauge needle. However, this procedure can be very painful, requires local anesthetic and a heat source, and creates a small hole which can be easily clogged.

Why is there a hole in my fingernail?

Nail pitting is when you have tiny dents in your fingernails or toenails. It can be a sign of psoriasis, eczema, or joint inflammation. You might also get them if they run in your family.

How long does a hematoma stay hard?

The swelling and pain of the hematoma will go away. This takes from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of the hematoma. The skin over the hematoma may turn bluish then brown and yellow as the blood is dissolved and absorbed. Usually, this only takes a couple of weeks but can last months.

Should I go to the ER for subungual hematoma?

How Is a Subungual Hematoma Diagnosed? If you had a severe blow to a finger or toe, you may have broken bones or serious damage to the nail bed and/or surrounding tissues. Seek medical attention from your doctor right away or go to an emergency room if: The finger or toe is deformed.

Why is there an indent in my nail?

The indentations can appear when growth at the area under the cuticle is interrupted by injury or severe illness. Conditions associated with Beau’s lines include uncontrolled diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, as well as illnesses associated with a high fever, such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps and pneumonia.

Can nail pitting be cured?

Nail pitting is quite difficult to treat, although some modern methods have been shown to be effective. Treatments that can be applied to the nail include organic compounds, salicylic acid, calcipotriol, and tazarotene, although these are often not very effective.

Why do I have a deep groove in my fingernail?

The bottom line

Ridges in the fingernails are often normal signs of aging. Slight vertical ridges commonly develop in older adults. In some cases, they may be a sign of health problems like vitamin deficiencies or diabetes. Deep horizontal ridges, called Beau’s lines, may indicate a serious condition.

Will Beau’s lines go away?

There’s no specific treatment for Beau’s lines; most often, they grow out on their own. “It’s common to find them, and they’ll go away if the factors affecting the condition are managed,” says Hodges.

Can Beau’s lines be harmless?

Signs and symptoms

Beau’s lines are horizontal, going across the hairline, and should not be confused with vertical ridges going from the bottom (cuticle) of the nail out to the fingertip. These vertical lines are usually a natural consequence of aging and are harmless.