Can a bruised toenail become infected?

Can a bruised toenail become infected?

Injured toenails are not only painful and an ugly sight to look at, but can end up infected as well—the warm, moist environment inside your shoes is the perfect home for bacteria.

Does a bruised toenail ever heal?

The discolored nail will eventually grow out — or in some cases it may fall off or need to be removed — and be replaced by a new, healthy one. This could take anywhere from about eight weeks for a fingernail to six months for a toenail.

Is my toe bruised or infected?

You might have an infected toe if you notice: Redness. Soreness or pain. A pus-filled blister, or pus that drains from your toe.

Why is my toenail purple and painful?

Injuries. If you’ve recently dropped something on your foot or stubbed your toe on something, your nail discoloration could be a symptom of a subungual hematoma. This injury can also result from wearing shoes that are too tight. Subungual hematomas can make your nail appear red or purple.

How long does bruise on toenail last?

A minor subungual hematoma usually heals over time without treatment. The trapped blood will eventually be reabsorbed, and the dark mark will disappear. This can take 2–3 months for a fingernail, and up to 9 months for a toenail.

How long does it take bruised toenails to heal?

What do bruised toenails look like?

Color. When the blood vessels break, they bleed out under your toenails. You will notice areas that start a reddish color, turn purple, become dark brown, and finally turn black.

How can I tell if my toenail is infected?

Toenail infection symptoms

  1. Pain with pressure on your toe.
  2. The skin next to your nail being swollen, tender, or hard.
  3. Redness.
  4. Bleeding.
  5. Skin that grows over part of your toenail.
  6. A blister filled with pus (you may not notice a blister, but have large amounts of drainage coming from your toe)