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Bubble underneath the toenail?

By Anonymous June 5, 2011 - 5:05pm
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I am asking, this question for a friend, since I am currently trying to find a cause to this problem. Well, some months ago she got her ingrown toenail removed. Since then it has healed, it looks ugly, but healed, nonetheless. She has been telling me that now she has been growing double toe nails, which I have read could be caused from trauma to the nail. However, after she trimmed her nails the other day she found a bubble. I examined it myself to see what exactly she was talking about. I found a bubble that had started growing under her nail bed, and from the top of the nail it looks white. I couldn't tell if it was infected or not. She said that she had popped it and only blood came out. I was wondering if anyone could leave any insight on what the bubble under her toenail might be, and if we need to have it checked out.

Thank you to anyone who provides any answers/suggestions.

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Alright, thank you so much for your help. :)
Very greatly appreciated.

June 5, 2011 - 10:01pm

I will do some research to find information regarding these symptoms. I wonder if this is a "blood blister" that she found?

Is your friend experiencing any pain, itching or swelling?

It is important for your friend to at least call her doctor, because if her doctor does not hear from her, the assumption will be made that everything is fine and healing properly (with no after-effects) after the procedure.

June 5, 2011 - 6:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

As far as I know, she has some pain. I don't think she has had any itching or swelling though, besides the blister under her toenail.

We are planning to go to a follow up here soon. We are currently trying to find a podiatrist that is closer to us, since I have to drive. Her podiatrist was an hour or more away.

However, she was having some mild complications after the procedure that we went to go get checked out and everything seemed clear, just for the mild infection that usually comes after that.

It might be a blood blister, like you say. When cleaning out her nail there is often a lot of dried blood and some other stuff in there, looks something like dried puss, but the blister/bubble itself only is draining blood for now.

June 5, 2011 - 6:17pm
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Here is information on treating a blood blister: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/blisters-home-treatment.

Glad to hear that she will be following-up with another doctor! She can at least call and speak with a nurse regarding the blister she found, and symptoms she is having (including the pain), just to rule out any other factors.

June 5, 2011 - 8:54pm
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