Q. Why am I getting recurrent bruising under the nail?

Answered by
Dr. Bhushan Nagpure
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 30, 2019 and last reviewed on: Jul 03, 2019

Hello doctor,

Three years ago, on a trip after walking around all day, my big toe on my left foot began to hurt. When I removed my shoe, I had bruising under the nail. I contributed it to the new balance shoes I was wearing. It got worse and I eventually I lost the nail on that toe. The nail grew back, and it was fine. A couple of months ago, the same toe became inflamed around the bottom of the nail bed. It was sore to the touch. It again went away, and the toe was fine. Last night I woke up with the same toe throbbing. The nail bed was once again inflamed, and this time, there was bruising under the nail. Any idea what may be going on?

Dr. Bhushan Nagpure

General Practitioner


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Judging by your description, it looks like a subungual hematoma. Usually, it is resolved by a procedure known as decompression. It is an OPD procedure performed by a licensed physician. I would suggest you plan your visit to a local physician as soon as possible to avoid the possibility of complications in a hematoma.

The Probable causes:


Probable diagnosis:

Subungual hematoma.

Treatment plan:


Regarding follow up:

Cold compression.

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