Treating a Subungual Abscess? Here’s the Drill

December 31, 2006

Instead of nail removal, another option for treating a subungualabscess is to scrub the digit and drill a hole in thenail plate with a hot wire loop.

Instead of nail removal, another option for treating a subungualabscess is to scrub the digit and drill a hole in thenail plate with a hot wire loop. The pus drains through thehole. This faster and less invasive procedure also savesthe patient's nail.-- Matthew J. Nelsen, MD
   Carmel, Ind