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Old 07-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Close my truck door on finger. How to drain the blood out??

Hey guys. I know this is not jeep related. I wanna know how to drain the blood out from my nail. Theres a lot of pressure and its swollen. I can bend it. I looked online but need some opinions on to do it or not. It happened yesterday afternoon.


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Old 07-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Eek! Sorry about your luck! I would say to leave it alone unless it is painful. Just let it grow out. If it is painful, consult someone else! Messing with the nail could cause more problems than it solves. How's the truck?

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Old 07-15-2012, 01:01 PM   #3
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Truck won. Tundra doors are heavy haha. Ill suck up the pain for now
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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Blood blisters are the worst!

I have done it two ways before: I use a soldering iron to burn a hole down and poked it with a needle, and I have also heated up a needle and stuck it under the nail to the blister. I know it sounds horrid, but I couldn't sleep for the throbbing and had to do something. The relief was amazing once I got it out. Sorry if I am too graphic, but it worked for me several times.
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Blood blisters are the worst!

I have done it two ways before: I use a soldering iron to burn a hole down and poked it with a needle, and I have also heated up a needle and stuck it under the nail to the blister. I know it sounds horrid, but I couldn't sleep for the throbbing and had to do something. The relief was amazing once I got it out. Sorry if I am too graphic, but it worked for me several times.
I've used a super heated paper clip. Same basic theory. It works.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:36 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Guys at worked said leave it. Im a mech and it may get infected but its hard to wrench with it and wacking it on s#$@.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Messing with it is going to open it up to infections, especially since you will have dirt/ grease getting into it. I would give it a few days to start to heal. IMHO
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I have seen a lot of smashed fingers over the years in my line of work. I it is smashed bad enough you wont be able to get a lot sleep since it will be throbing all night long. A small stiff wire super hot or a small paper clip works great for burning through the nail.

Im telling you it is such a releaf when you get through and it starts to bleed its better then busting a you know what.
Just take care of it like anyother cut on your hand and you will be fine. Or you can just try to deal with it for a few days till the throbing goes away.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:42 PM   #9
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Take a needle and heat it up so it will pierce the nail. Worked for me
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:42 PM   #10
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Ill wait a few days. The worst pain ful part is were the nail base is. The skin above is all red and thats were it hurts.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:45 PM   #11
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after a day or 2 i clean up the tinyest drill bit i have n use ur fingers to turn it into the finger nail..BUT MAKE SURE ITS CLEAN!!
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I twirled a 1/64th drill bit on top of the nail and it'll cut right through, no heat, no pushing, and you will instantly know when it breaks through
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:25 PM   #13
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Idk i5 you can see in the pic. But the area right behind nail isred. That area has a pin needle feeling. I think thats a blood blister too.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #14
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Drill it!! Ive used a sharp knife point and twirl it around til it goes thru. The immediate relief is well worth any pain involved with getting the hole in. The pain is coming from the excess fluid building up inside the injury. Just put a band aid on it after. It may still hurt but the throbbing will be gone.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #15
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Hell... I'm not reading this! It hurts to even think about it.

Snicker... One time, I was using a grinder or a cutter on a shelf, and I cut through the fingernail into the nail bed. I just about passed out. I can only remember laying down and being told by a great coworker how to relax and breathe correctly. I don't even remember how I lived with it in the following weeks.
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Drill it!! Ive used a sharp knife point and twirl it around til it goes thru. The immediate relief is well worth any pain involved with getting the hole in. The pain is coming from the excess fluid building up inside the injury. Just put a band aid on it after. It may still hurt but the throbbing will be gone.
Thanks. If it gets rid of the rd area ill be happy. I was just going to pop that skin like a zit insteadof the nail
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Aaaahhhhhh!!! Unsubscribed! I'm not reading the previous quote about drilling!!!

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I just want to say thanks, some of you (mainly americaoverland) make me feel sane......
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:40 PM   #19
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Got myself a bottle of jack daniels. Be home in about 45. Draining it then yahhhh. The blood blister got bigger.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:12 PM   #20
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Use the drill bit by hand like the others said, few years ago I crushed my finger in a power break. Doc at emergency room told me to use a drill bit if it happens again
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:50 PM   #21
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Finger today. Still pretty swollen. The only part that hurts is the area at nail base. Idk if you can see it in pic. Its red and a lump like the nail is pushing up on it. Got a new clean drill bit will be draining it out later. Maybe the swelling will go down.


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Baby Huey's Story Time : My wife smashed her finger one day, she wined about for hours til I finally said "let me drill it hon, it will relieve the pressure and you will feel lots better".
So she decided to let me drill....I got out the Dremel tool and a small bit...I have done this plenty times for guys at work so I was OK with it..
She puts her hand down on the table and I got the dremel tool whizzing away at high RPM.
Drill size was somewhere around #70 or #80... I started into the nail and she flinched and jerked her hand away !! Broke off the drill bit into her finger. There was just a small amount sticking out, enough to barely grab with a pair of dykes to pul it out.
She was bawlin and cryin I could'nt get a hold of the end of the bit...
So after an hour of calling me every kind of a dumb ass there was....she elected to go to the E-Room...
Of coarse the nurses all got on her side and so I was the BIGGEST ass on earth to do something like that to my WIFE !!!!
My defense was "SHE FLINCHED !!!! NO GUTS....COWARD !! "....
Along comes the DR.... "Ahhhhhhh, I see you tried to drill the nail to relieve the pressure, Wise move, too bad she moved and broke the drill bit "....."I'll have to remove her nail now to get the drill bit out.."
Stuck her under the nail with a needle to help deaden the finger, got out a knife and cut her nail loose, removed it.. Put a big assed bandage on her finger....
She's a Secretary and needs to type.....Got out of that for a few days so actually I helped her out...End of story.
Next time I would opt for the hot paper clip route... One thing about using hot items,
GET THE ITEM WHITE HOT !! Good luck !! "BH"
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:23 PM   #23
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Arn't you soppose to just drill it by hand? Turning the drill bit with your fingers?
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Yes, drill by hand, if you use an elec drill when it breaks thru it will keep going.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #25
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what you have there is a subungal hematoma. It's basically a blood blister under the nail. Yes it hurts. There's lots of pressure. Standard of care is to prep with iodine and use a hot cautery to burn a hole in the nail to relieve the pressure which offers near-instantaneous relief. The thing with the above-pictured nail is...... it seems to be pretty proximal (not on the very tip of the nail)...so the OP should get it x-rayed to make sure there's not a fracture of the last finger bone.

That being said.....I'm not the OP's health care provider....I don't know his/her history nor have I done an exam. The OP should consider visiting his/her PCP for an evaluation.
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My thumb looked worse than this when it got smashed back in January. Mine was almost completely beyond the nail, near the joint in my thumb.

LEAVE IT. Sure, it's going to hurt for 4 or 5 days, but then the pain goes away. It will take about 6 months for it to grow out, and being that you're a mechanic, that means 6 months of grease/gas/oil/everything else getting under that hole in your nail.

I work with lacquer thinner & acetone regularly and couldn't imagine how it would have felt with an open hole drilled in there for that long.
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Its already been a couple of days, using the drill bit or pin or whatever is just to let out the blood building pressure under the nail to relieve the pain. Might as well leave it be now
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yeah, if it's broken you can end up with a deformed finger if it doesn't heal right, depending upon where the fracture is located. Again...best to get it xrayed and evaluated
Hand surgeons make a good living dealing with the aftermath of improperly cared for finger fractures
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Well saw my buddy whos a intern doc. Its not broken as I could move it easily. but I had soo much blood it needed to come out. he said if I waited anylobger my nail would have peeled off or poke a hole in my skin thats how bad the blister became.
I have a video. Its still bleeding no more pain at all. Lots of blood though hahah. He used a special tool he opened up the office late for me and a 6pack of beer it was a free visit. It pays to have docs as friends. Ill have to fix his dam wrx/sti for free but it pays off.
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Usually a large incision right above the shoulders or directly below the jaw works wonders......


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