Is there a Doctor or a nurse in the house right now?

@dizzblnd (3073)
United States
May 4, 2008 8:18pm CST
My 16 year old son was making his plate for dinner. The plate slid off of the counter and landed on its edge on his big toe. It immediately turned the toenail purple and is now bleeding from the the bottom edge of the toenail. We ran cold water over it, put ice on it. It is now elevated above his heart. We are letting it bleed, instead of bandaging it, putting ice on it every 20 minutes or so. Is there anything else we should do? Is there anything we shouldn't be doing? Thanks in advance
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@Guardian208 (1095)
• United States
5 May 08
So far so good. When icing it I would do 10 minutes with ice. Then 10 minutes without ice. You don't want to over ice it because making it too cold can do damage as well. Plus you want to make sure that he is getting proper circulation in the toe. After a while see if he can walk on it at all. Not too much but you need to gauge the level of pain he is experiencing. It the pain is sharp and shooting, you may want to take him to the ER, but more than likely if you wait until tomorrow you can better gauge the severity of the pain. Often times a a few hours will do wonders. I am not a doctor but I have 3 boys and a grew up with myself and 3 other boys. Unless there was a lot of bleeding or a lot of pain, things usually were better by morning. But use your instincts. I am not a doctor nor am I there. Good luck!
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 May 08
Thank you. He can feel it, the pain, for now is constant. I will definitely. Keep an eye on it. This is the second time something like this has happed to the same toe. About 8 years ago, I dropped a jar of mayo on it. That time, it did not bleed. I had to take him to have the hematoma drained. It was horrible. Thanks for sharing from experience I don't know how you men can handle the pain.. I told him I would cry like a girl
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• United States
5 May 08
Yes but I would die if I have to go through labor! LOL!
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@pyewacket (44031)
• United States
5 May 08
Ekkk! OMG. I had something similar like that happen to me years ago...but it was a can of soup that landed on my big toe...same thing..the nail instantly turned purple black...actually it's not the nail itself that turns that color but the blood underneath making it appear that color. There's really not much one can do but let mother nature heal it...sometimes the nail will fall off.gasps..hope it doesn't do that...it didn't with mine...what happened in my case a brand new nail very very slowly grew underneath the "black" one, until eventually the old one literally fell off--it took a LONG time to heal though like that..about half a year at least Here's some links about the purple/black toenail type thing http://walking.about.com/od/blisterfoot/a/blacktoenail.htm Okay..don't let the toenail continue bleeding so much though..try to staunch the blood...about bandaging...hmmm...you would have to be careful about this...I think some bandaging is necessary especially when shoes are on...My great grandmother was a nurse and I always remember her saying that in many cases it's better NOT to bandage up...one risks the potential of infection more...she used to say let the "air" heal it (the wound or whatever) Of course the best thing to do of course is have your son go to a doctor tomorrow
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 May 08
Ouch that must have been painful. Thanks to a suggestion from our good friend Olivemai, I called his DR.. he called back and said he would see him first thing in the AM. He told us to bandage it it too. I know there is probably not a whole lot that can be done, but as a mom. i just want to take his pain away
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
5 May 08
It sounds like you are doing everything that you can to help it and a trip to the doctor may just be wasted money right now.. I would keep a close watch on it and if it doesn't quit bleeding soon, then I may consider a visit to the ER.. Sometimes things like this can be scary and we don't know what to do, but take a deep breath and just wait and see... Sounds like he may lose his toenail.. I broke mine once, it hurt like heck for awhile, but healed just fine.. I never went to the doctor, but again, you have to do what you feel is right for your situation.. Hope he feels better soon..
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
I am not a professional, I only had an idea for you! Call your doctor and let him or her know, so they will not be surprised later if you have to go to the hospital! Some doctors would rather know in advance and even the answering service can advise you as to hat your next move should be! I had to call last week, and they said to call the doctor's advise line, and in turn I was told that so and so would have to go to the Emergency room, to seek immediate treatment! It can mean the difference between night and day!
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
Plus even first aid instructions change over time, so please call and get advice from your doctor!
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@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 May 08
Good Idea! Thank you. I had not thought about doing that.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
I know it does not always occur to us right away! Things are different today and doctors and surgeons can do wonders but only if we let them! I have scars that I would not have had if treatment had been sought within so many hours.
@slothgurl (572)
• Enumclaw, Washington
5 May 08
This is gonna sound gross and it is not for everyone. When the throbbing gets to where he can't stand it. Take a needle and heat it up with a lighter and pop it through the toenail. It only hurts for a second and after that the throbbing will be gone. I've had to do this to myself and to my hubby. It takes a while to get the courage, but the relief is worth it. #:)
• Australia
5 May 08
Yes, that really does help with the pain. I've done it to myself before. It relieves the pressure under the toenail which relieves the pain. But from the sounds of this injury the blood is already finding its way out from under the nail.
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@myrith (1830)
• Canada
5 May 08
I hope by now you already took him to the Emergency Room, especially with that bleeding, the first thing you should have done was to put pressure on the toe to stop the bleed, and ice for the swelling then rushed him to the Hospital. I hope he will get the proper attention, bleeding is never good!
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• United States
5 May 08
It sounds like you are doing what you need to be doing. My daughter had a stool fall on her big toe when she was little. Her toe nail ended up falling almost completely off. Luckily, it grew back and she now has a normal toe nail. Other than going to the doctors with the situation, you are basically doing all you can do.
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@gxnfly (1147)
• China
5 May 08
Oh,sorry to hear that about your son.I think your may go to a doctor and get some serous treatment.Hope he will be better soon.
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
Here is a link to give you an idea that I am not telling you the wrong thing! It is common to cut your toes like this. Please read some f this and see what you think! http://firstaid.webmd.com/subungual_hematoma_bleeding_under_nail_treatment_firstaid.htm
@dizzblnd (3073)
• United States
5 May 08
Thank you! What a great resource you have provided. I appreciate your help
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@olivemai (4738)
• United States
5 May 08
I hope he is better soon!
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I have a pinky toenail trying to come off from the bottom of the nail now! What a coincidence!