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I dropped a hair dryer on my toe it's red and it really hurts and it's swollen - Asked by K w on 16-May-2014 16:41:08

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    Answered by Dr. Suneel Vallabhaneni on 16-May-2014 16:57:55

    It is hard to rule out fracture with out an X-ray. The other gross physical signs of fractures are mal-alignment/deformity of the bone involved or visible broken bone to the exterior. Lack of these signs doesn't necessarily rule out fracture. Swelling, pain and redness can happen in both soft injury or bone injury/fracture. The chances of bone injury would also depend on the weight of the object and the height where it fell from. You need see a doctor for a good physical exam and possibly an x-ray to rule out fracture. In the mean while try ice packs and over the counter Motrin 3 times a day as needed. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us back.
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