Introduction: How to Drain Your Subungual Hematoma (blood Pocket Under Finger-nail) With a Drill Bit

Have you ever smashed your finger in something and immediately get a black finger nail?  Well along with that sweet Hot Topic look comes a throbbing pain that, even for those with high pain thresholds, can be unbearable. It's hard to even sleep with this kind of pain! So, the best thing to do is drain the blood pocket under the nail and relieve the pressure build-up.

Some use the heated pin method. But that can lead to a little more pain than necessary. Also, there is hardly any pain associated with the drill bit method except for the slight pressure you are applying. Fingernails don't have nerve endings, and by moving very slowly with a drill bit, you can reach the blood pocket without touching your nail bed!

finally, you get a satisfying eruption of crimson that, if performed soon after the injury, has a geyser effect. it's quite nice.

Step 1: Smash Finger

I happened to accidentally crush my finger with a welding tank.

Step 2: Ice and Elevate Your Finger

Do this immediately to instantly relieve pain and swelling

Step 3: Find and Sterilize/heat Drill Bit

Find the smallest drill bit you have access to and sterilize it either by heating it or using rubbing alcohol

Step 4: Start Drilling

slowly twist drill bit (by hand) into fingernail where blood clot lives, furthest from cuticle.

continue to twist slowly until you penetrate the bottom of the nail

do not use a drill for this...

(note bourbon)

Step 5: Presto

blood will form instantly once you've penetrated.

squeeze finger to relieve the pressure

Step 6: Apply Anti-spectic

apply anti-spectic