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splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:03:19 AM »
Over the last couple of days I have had a small black dot and line under my thumb nail which I have found out to be a splinter hemorrhage and these tend to be associated with bacterial heart infections. I am freaking out right now; I know a guy who had to have heart surgery because of a bacterial heart Infection and almost didn't make it. I am sk scared right now.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 11:24:04 AM »
I'm curious to know why you think it's a splinter hemorrhage and not just a bruise or something? Is this stemming from information you found on the internet?

I'd imagine that a splinter hemorrhage is something that's symptomatic of a heart infection and not the cause of a heart infection. In other words, I doubt that a spot on your thumbnail would be the only indication that you had a heart infection.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 12:22:59 PM »
Its under the nail and hurts when pressure is applied. I even google imaged it and it looks the same. Dark purple/black in color with a thin line moving up the nail.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 12:56:32 PM »
If it's only one nail and you are otherwise asymptomatic then endocarditis is not a diagnosis I'd serious consider. Splinter hemorrhages can be caused from trauma to nail.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 01:09:44 PM »
My boyfriend has one right now. He works as a helper with German Shepherds and on of the dogs missed the training sleeve and bit his finger. The black/red spot under his nail has been there for 4 months know (it has to grow out). One of the things I don't get is how it would be possible to get any kind of infection from something under his nail. It's impossible for dirt to get in there.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 05:31:27 PM »
I've had those splinter things before off and on for years, most times it can be ascribed to some kind of trauma, but sometimes I've gotten one for no known reason.  So far I'm still here and as far as I know I don't have nor ever had a heart/valve infection.  I once saw a guy in the hospital with endocarditis, he had a much more noticeable kind of splinter/hemorrhage thing under his thumbnail than the small ones I rarely get (unless I really bash a finger).  As said by AncientMelody, it usually involves more than one nail and there would be other symptoms.  Probably it will go away as the nail grows out.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013, 03:15:41 PM »
Thank you everyone for helping me stay grounded on this. Since its small, on one thumb and aside from being neurotic feel fine I will try not to dwell on it. Though sometimes I do get a pressure-esq pain from it, usually after poking at it. Thanks again folks!
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2013, 09:35:43 PM »
Okay I am freaking myself out again. Now I am convinced that this is subungual melanoma. Any insight, please!!!
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2013, 11:20:54 PM »
Anyone?
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2013, 07:53:57 AM »
Why would it be subungual melanoma?
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2013, 09:39:52 AM »
Based off of other pics I have seen online, looks similar to melanoma of the nail. I'm freaking this is it.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2013, 10:02:10 AM »
Visit a doctor, is my suggestion. He can also help if you feel a lot of pressure under your nail.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2013, 10:27:24 AM »
Not quite the reassurance I was lookinv for; but at least you didn't respond with "mother of god"  :question:
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2013, 12:32:39 PM »
I don't know if this is reassuring or not, but I think you'd do well to stay off the internet or at the very least refrain from looking up pictures like that.

Paradoxically, anxiety feeds off of our own reassurance seeking. The only thing that happens when you look up health issues online is that you start to fear that you have whatever it is you're looking up. Case in point—you probably DIDN'T intend to look up "subungual melanoma" and come away convinced you have it. And yet, here you are.

Look, I know how hard this is. I used to be right where you are. Most everyone on here either is or was, too. However, there needs to come a certain point in all our journeys when we begin to take responsibility for how we contribute to our own misery. Reassurance seeking is by and large a negative reinforcement behavior. The more you look up, the more you research, the more amount of time spent in front of the computer, the worse you will feel. I know it's not easy, and I know you might not even be capable of doing it yet (because it takes a lot of practice), but eventually the job of talking you down from the ledge is going to have to fall to you.
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Re: splinter hemorrhage in thumb nail - bacterial endocarditis
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2013, 11:40:54 PM »
Yeah; you're right.  :(

Its just so hard to remain calm
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