What is a splinter hemorrhage in the fingernail?

A woman in her 20s came in with 2 red spots on her right thumb. The spots appeared to be finger nail polishes. (My co - workers did not know what to make of this because no one has ever come in with finger nail polish bleeding.) The patient had been using nail polish all week and had managed to get 2 rips on the tips of her fingers when applying it. She had cut the polish herself on her finger, but the next day, she got another small cut on her finger from putting the polish on. The nurses brought in her daughter who had been playing with the daughter's nail polish and got a few small rips on her fingers as well.

What is a splinter hemorrhage in the fingernail


It seems that the daughter thought it would be fun to put her finger nails in her mother's nostril (fortunately, this mom didn't mind). We decided that the best bet was to just clip the tips of the nails and then the next time the mother was ready to polish her nails, she would first put them in the refrigerator to make the polish thicker and then paint them with nail polish remover and reapply them. She was reassured that it was better than having to put a bandaid on her finger, and that it would heal quickly. what is a splinter hemorrhage in the fingernail? splinter hemorrhage - (1) a broken vessel in a bone which causes bleeding; (2) an injury to the bleeding vessel (splinter) splinter hemorrhage - (a) blood or some other fluid seeping out of the bone (splinter) splinter hemorrhage - (b) fluid or other tissue or material coming out of a broken blood vessel on the surface of the skin on the nail, on the toenail, or on the finger or toenail; or (c) some other lesion or injury bleeding out from under the nail plate in the toenail, on the finger, or on the nail. splinter hemorrhage is a common complication of fungal nail infection. It is a type of red, red-black discoloration of the toenail that occurs when the growing layer of the nail fails to fully cover the broken blood vessel.

What are the symptoms of a splinter hemorrhage?

Red discoloration of the nail, especially under the nail plate various nail and nail bed changes, like brown discoloration of the nail bed or changes in the shape of the nail blistering and cracking of the cuticles, especially when infected,

  • pain, tightness, redness, swelling, swelling, pain when moving the nail over or around 
  • or around lack of control over the nail
  • trouble eating
  • inability to open the nail
  • trouble urinating
  • loss of appetite

  • fluid loss under the nail

  • the nail that is shorter than it should be or seems shorter than it should be

  • difficulty cutting or shaving

  • feeling or being very tired or lethargic

  • numbness in the finger or toe that is caused by loss of blood

  • inability to feel when your finger is covered by the nail, the nail has grown, or that there is no nail


Pain or discomfort at the injection site?

If the appearance of the nail changes abruptly while you are removing the splinter and bleeding is occurring, it may be that a new, large blood vessel has formed under the nail and a thin piece of nail has broken off. This may also be an indication of an infection of the nail matrix. When you remove a splinter hemorrhage, clean the area and apply a topical antiseptic. If a piece of splinter breaks off under the nail, do not attempt to remove it. This can damage the nailbed and lead to infection. If the nail grows back, it may be short or irregular in shape, have a shallow vinculum, or have a larger area of necrotic skin. If you suspect a splinter hemorrhage is the cause of your symptoms, consult your health care professional.

How is a splinter hemorrhage treated?

For an infected splinter hemorrhage, you may need to take medication for several days. If you cannot obtain or tolerate medical treatment, you may need to see a podiatrist.

What is the treatment for a splinter hemorrhage?

If you are infected with a fungal nail fungus, your health care provider will prescribe an antifungal medication. Your health care provider may also prescribe an oral medication. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for fungal nail infection, but they should be used in very low doses and only after talking with your health care provider. Antibiotic use can lead to drug-resistant strains of yeast and other bacteria. You may need to use an adhesive bandage to cover the surgical site.

What is a splinter hemorrhage associated with a nail fungus?

If you have a splinter hemorrhage associated with a nail fungus, your health care provider may also prescribe oral medication to relieve the symptoms. Is there anything else you should know? A splinter hemorrhage is a common complication of fungal nail infection. You may have a splinter hemorrhage while you are removing a fungal nail infection. If a splinter hemorrhage occurs and no other symptoms are present, this may be an indication of an infection of the nail matrix and is not caused by a fungal nail infection.

More Queries:

How does one treat it?

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Did the splinter hemorrhage appear recently?

Can blood vessel damage cause it?

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