Not really a bruise, but are you familiar with the term “subungual hematoma”?
I didn’t think so.
A subungual hematoma is a collection of blood underneath a fingernail or toenail, usually from an injury, that often hurts a lot due to the build-up of pressure.
So, if someone like my friend Bill (whose last name I won’t mention) happened to hit his thumb with a hammer and got a collection of blood underneath the thumbnail, what would he do?
I think Bill would be willing to treat himself. Not everyone is so entrepreneurial-minded. But if you are, here’s how a doctor would relieve the pressure. (YouTube is such a treasure-trove of information.)
Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7yNSVDg_l4
To have your physician perform this procedure would cost probably $60 to $100.
A “subungual hematoma evacuation procedure” must be done at least 100,000 times a year in America.
Potential savings if everyone did their own (which I know is unlikely):
100,000 x $60 = $6,000,000 annually.
Who’d be willing to save the dough and do-it-yourself? Is it worth it?