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Is it safe to stick needle through swollen toenail that was hurt by dropping weight?

Apr 2013
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Is it safe to stick a needle thru a toenail on a big toe that was hurt by dropping an 80 lb. weight on it - swelled big and has turned black?
Posted Sun, 15 Sep 2013 in Environmental and Occupational Hazards
Answered by Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein 17 minutes later
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Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX Thanks for the query.
It is recomended and safe method for it and it is called subungual hematoma drainage. Usually it is advisable to visit doctor for it,but it can be done at home you should just use sterile needle and it should be heated on fire a bit before it is used.
If there is no pain,you can leave it to heal spontaneously. Blood will probably flow under huge pressure after the hematoma is drained so put some sterile gauze on nail right after it happens. Wish you good health.feel free to ask. regards
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