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You may be able to relieve severe, throbbing pain by draining blood
from under your nail. This procedure is not necessary and is not recommended if
you are not having pain. This procedure is safe if done properly.
To remove blood from under a nail:
You may repeat the procedure using the same hole. The pain and
pressure that is immediately relieved may build back up again in a few
If your pain does not go away after you have drained the blood from
under your nail, you may have a more serious injury. Call your doctor for an
Be sure to watch for signs of infection until your nail has healed.
Signs of infection may include:
October 7, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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