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Subungual Hematoma


A subungual hematoma is a collection of blood under your fingernail or toenail.



  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain. This medicine is available without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Ice and elevate your affected finger or toe. Place ice wrapped in a towel over the painful area for as long as directed. Elevate your hand or foot on pillows above the level of your heart to help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Keep your injured finger or toe dry for as long as directed.
  • Gently trim your nail if it begins to fall off in pieces. This may decrease your risk for catching the nail on an object or ripping it off.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly to prevent more injury to your toe.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have increased redness, swelling, or pain.
  • You notice pus or a bad smell coming from your nail.
  • You see red streaks on your finger or toe that starts from your nail.
  • Your nail falls off and there is bleeding.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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