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Hit toe, became hard, purpled, painful. How can i treat it at home?

Hi Dr. Today, I hit my toe very hard and it has become progressively more bruised, stiff, and painful. After about 8 hours, it is now purple at the top of my toe (under the toenail) and turning blue/grey towards the bottom of the toe. It s very stiff and painful to touch or walk on. Do I need to go to the emergency room, or do you think I can treat it at home? Thank you!
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Hi ! Most likely you have developed a hematoma (collection of blood) under your nail.This usually though painful is a self limiting condition. If it increases your discomfort more, then you may visit your family physician, who may advise some anti inflammatory drugs for you and also an antibiotic if need be on physical inspection of the wound. He may also advise you for a shot of tetanus toxoid injection, if you did not have one earlier.
Wishing you an early recovery.
Answered: Sat, 8 Jun 2013
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