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I was trimming my toenails yesterday, and when I trimmed the big toe of my right foot I was surprised to first find some fluid oozing out from under the nail where I trimmed it. This fluid was clear and did not amount to more than 5-8 cc's. I wiped it off and then blood started to flow from the same spot. Not a lot but enough to take notice. I did not cut the skin near the edge nor was there any sign of a blister or clot under the nail when I started the trimming. The bleeding continued this morning, not a lot but enough to fill a band-aid.
Again I did not cut the skin nor was there any sign of any clot or blister. I'm a 50 y/o healthy male with no history of any medical issues. I do wear steel toe boots everyday except Sunday and have worn out the present pair, I just bought a new pair so I wonder if the inside of the boot could be causing a pressure to build up.


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replied February 4th, 2011
Blood Disorders Answer A19330
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

Based on the history provided, it seems that you might have had friction or pressure induced subungual blister, under the nails.

since the fluid has been released now, it may heal on its own.

You might consider changing the shoe or checking it for availability for room may be beneficial.

I hope this helps.




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