Unmasking Subungual Hematoma

A subungual hematoma is a medical term for a collection of blood (hematoma) beneath a toenail or fingernail. Often resulting from a direct injury, like slamming your finger in a door, this condition can cause significant pain due to pressure buildup. Timely treatment can alleviate discomfort and prevent potential complications.

Why Evacuation is Essential

  • Immediate Pain Relief: As the trapped blood is released, the pain, a direct result of the pressure, subsides almost instantly.
  • Prevention of Nail Loss: In some cases, untreated hematomas can lead to the loss of the affected nail.
  • Avoidance of Secondary Infections: Left unattended, a hematoma can become a hotspot for bacterial infections.

The Evacuation Process

  1. Preparation: The affected finger is first cleaned with an antiseptic solution to prevent infections.
  2. Technique: Using a sterilized 18-gauge syringe needle, a tiny hole is made in the nail plate. This allows the trapped blood to drain, offering immediate relief. The procedure is quick and often done without the need for local anesthesia.
  3. Post-Evacuation Care: Once the hematoma is drained, the area is again cleaned and dressed to keep it protected from potential contaminants.

Our Approach to Hematoma Care

At Valley Urgent Care, we understand the discomfort and urgency associated with a subungual hematoma. Our trained medical staff ensures a safe, sterile, and swift evacuation process. With our patient-centric approach, you can expect minimal discomfort and a rapid return to normal activities.

If you or someone you know has experienced a nail injury resulting in a painful hematoma, do not delay treatment. Swift action can make all the difference in terms of recovery and pain management. Reach out to us today.