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Family Health : How to Drain a Blood Blister

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Wow, you've just hit your thumb with a hammer. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, Health

and Wellness Consultant, and I'm here to tell you a little bit about how you might deal

with that. So you can get an injury of a nail in several different ways. Hitting your thumb

with a hammer is classic You could shut your finger in a car door, for example, or shut

it accidentally in a closet door. All of those different ways essentially cause a bruise

underneath your nail. And what will happen, and what will happen pretty rapidly, is that

you'll see a little bit of blood underneath your nail, and your thumb or your finger will

begin to throb. Well, if you're in a circumstance where you could go visit your medical provider,

I would recommend that you do that because they would have equipment and strategies to

help drain that blood blister from your nail in a very sterile and safe environment. But

let's say that you are camping, and you're not going to be home until tomorrow. Or it's

eight o'clock at night, and you really don't want to go to the emergency room. If you have

to, if you can't get a medical provider to treat you, here is a home remedy. And what

you do is you take a paper clip and undo it. And then you clean it. I would recommend that

you clean it with soap and water, that you pour a little alcohol on it. The next thing

that you want to do is you want to get the tip of it hot. So you can hold it in a flame,

like in a candle flame, until it gets kind of red. And then what you're going to do is

you're going to apply pressure onto the nail with the tip of this hot paper clip. And what

will happen is you'll basically bore a little hole into the nail, and the blood that's trapped

in there will release, and you'll have a fairly immediate relief in terms of pain. I would

then bandage up that finger and make sure you treat it like a cut, that you keep it

clean and dry. And if you don't still feel well the next day, if you feel there's more

to come out, etc., or if any signs of infection occur, then you'll want to make sure that

you see your physician as soon as possible. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP, Health

and Wellness Consultant.