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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Subungual Hematoma

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses subungual hematoma, an accumulation of blood under the nail plate resulting from trauma to the fingers or toes.

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A Day in the Life of a Nail Expert: Aging Nails

In this month’s column, Dr. Stern discusses the changes that take place in the nails as we age, including an increase in ridging, thickening, yellowing, and onycholysis (nail separation).  

Under the Microscope: Subungual Hematoma

Subungual hematomas are usually caused by injury to the nail, either through blunt trauma or repetitive pressure.

What Is Subungual Hematoma?

Subungual hematomas are caused by injury to the nail. Most commonly this happens in two ways: either through blunt trauma or through repetitive pressure.

The Underlying Problem

Most of us have been affected by trauma to the nail — a car door, a hammer, even marathon training. If you haven’t experienced it directly, you’ve more than likely seen a client with a subungual hematoma. Learn when to leave it alone, when you can apply an enhancement, and when to refer the client to a doctor.

The Nail Doctor on Injured Nails

When a nail is injured, it can assume a number of different appearances. The most common, of course, would be a discoloration of the nail plate due to bleeding under or around the nail.

Nails Under The Microscope - Understanding Nail Anatomy & Disorders

Nail technicians should know as much about the inside of the nail as the outside. Here’s an anatomy lesson on the onychium. Pay attention – there’s going to be a test at the end.