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What causes bruising of finger with purplish nail?

I smashed the tip of my finger. It is not broken but got badly bruised under the nail was black and purple. It s been a few weeks now and there is a big white spot growing from the base of my fingernail. Is this just a new fingernail growing in or is it more serious?
Mon, 13 Apr 2015
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It is just new fingernail growing, because bruising causes haematoma formation, which takes 3 to 4 weeks to resolve completely. Color of your nail bed changes during these days as clotted blood gets absorbed.
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