When I was a little girl, I was at my grandparent’s place helping grandpa and I smashed my thumb. It HURT. Grandpa sent me in to Grandma, but said that if my fingernail started to turn black he’d drill a little hole in it with his power drill to drain out all of the blood.
smash. power drill through my finger nail. blood.
I was not happy. But my fingernail didn’t turn black, so I didn’t have to live through that experience then, but I have as I’ve gotten older.
A smashed finger with blood putting a lot of pressure underneath a nail is a very painful thing. It’s not just the pressure, but that every bit of the nail becomes like a tuning fork for pain with every little **ZIT**p or any movement that places stress near the fingernail.
Any pressure applied to the nail hurts terribly and heart beat can be felt pulsing through the finger until this pressure is released. I’ve always been told that if the pressure isn’t released by draining the blood, the nail bed will die and the nail will fall off.
The method in this video is the one that I learned as faster and less painful than the power drill method. The heat is not just to sterilize the implement used (in this video, a piece of wire, I have always used small finishing nails), but also because high heat will melt the fingernail making a hole faster with less pressure. Once drained, it may need to be drained again to release additional blood that collects while the finger is healing.
Check out the pressure release on this. It’s a mighty fine pop.
YT Poster: Shannon Kelly
Run Time: 3:37