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about half an hour ago, i dropped the big pice of wood holding up my keybord, right onto my big toe. it landed on its side so it put even more direct pressure onto one area of my toe, right now, only the very bottom of the toe is disscolord. it looked green at first, now it looks blue-ish greeny, and it hurts like hell. i asked my uncle what it was and he said it was blood, i googled how to get rid of it, and i actually cried when i heard i might have to poke a hole into my toe, and drain the blood, i would rather cut off my toe, do any docters have any inexpensive or home made remidies?

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replied May 8th, 2010
Blood Disorders Answer A11836
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the painful swelling and bloody collection under the big toe after you hit your big toe with some wood.
It is always appropriate to see your personal physician to know accurately if there has been any fracture of the bone underneath due to trauma as it cannot be ascertained online and for which a x-ray may be ordered. Once the broken toe has been ruled out, small blood collection can usually get absorbed with elevation of toe and inflammation and pain controlled with anti-inflammatory drugs. If there is a collection of blood underneath the toenail called a subungual hematoma, it may need to be drained when large.
What you can do at home is to put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to the injury for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours for the first 1-2 days. Place a towel between the skin and the ice to protect the skin. Frozen peas or corn can also be used to ice the broken toe as well. The peas or corn may conform to the fractured area better than ice and it is better to raise the toe above the level of heart by putting pillows underneath your foot when lying down.
If it is not improving you must see your doctor for treatment.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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