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Got subungual hematoma due to fracture of toe nail, now it is purple and leaking blood. Infection?

About a week ago I fractured my big toe and gained a subungual hematoma . The doctor wouldn t drain it because of the risk of infection . My toenail is now 100% purple and has started leaking blood . Is this normal? Should I be worried about infection? How do I go on to treat this? I have been discharged and have nothing a bit of tape strapping my toes together. I can t find any advise online and can t sit in a waiting room for 4 hours for the 4th time this week. Please help.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Jun 2012
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Along with the fracture you have a nail bed avulsion.You will need to change the dressing every 2 days. Start with an antibiotic along with an analgesic.Take care your toe doesn't bang against something otherwise it will be very painful.If your nail has become loose then a new nail will come form below your present nail and at that time the old nail can be removed.
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