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Why does your finger sometimes turn purple after a injury?

Why does your finger sometimes turn purple after a injury?

Venous pooling: Since the space in fingers only holds limited swelling the lymphedema due to injury creates backup of venous flow which cannot go back to body and creates bluish look - it means there is no oxygen available to tissue and tissue is at the brink of dying due to loss of blood supply needs to be taken care of immediately to prevent permanent injury and death of cells. ...Read more

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An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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I suddenly got a deep reddish purple round stain under the skin of my right pinkie finger, near the last joint that bends by the nail. Its opposite the nail. Though I had no injury, i'm worried that its a blood clot.

I suddenly got a deep reddish purple round stain under the skin of my right pinkie finger, near the last joint that bends by the nail. Its opposite the nail. Though I had no injury, i'm worried that its a blood clot.

Sprained finger?: Perhaps you twisted it without realizing it? If you don't have bruising or stains like that elsewhere, then watch it to see if it gets worse. It's an odd place for a blood clot without trauma. If other purple stains or this one painful or worsening, don't ignore it. ...Read more

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Pain in left bicep and shoulder, hot sore pointer finger and cold blue sore little finger. Funny purple marks on hand but no injury sustained?

Pain in left bicep and shoulder, hot sore pointer finger and cold blue sore little finger. Funny purple marks on hand but no injury sustained?

Be seen: many possible causes, i would recommend you be seen. potential causes could typically be neurologic or vascular. an exam and appropriate studies will usually determine the cause and tell you which way to go. Don't let it get to bad before you get evaluated, as you may be developing ischemia in your arm for one reason or another. ...Read more

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Finger cut turned purple should I worry?

Yes: If it is swollen and painful , or if there is any drainage, then you should see a physician soon , you might be developing a deep seated infection in your finger, and in need for some antibiotics. ...Read more

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One of her finger is turning purple and it doesn't hurt , she doesn't know if she got bitten or not .

One of her finger is turning purple and it doesn't hurt , she doesn't know if she got bitten or not .

Exam: If the finger is discolored and there is a possibility of a human or animal bite, I recommend that a physician examine the finger at this time. Consideration will be given for antibiotic treatment and a tetanus booster then. ...Read more

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My finger is swollen and purple what can I do?

My finger is swollen and purple what can I do?

Swollen finger: If this is the result of trauma, typically the best thing to do initially is rest ice compression and elevation (rice). And then see a doctor to assess the degree of injury i.E is there a fracture. If it's not trauma related, one would need a further evalluation as to whether you have some vascular/circulation issue or possibly infection. Regardless, best to get a consult. ...Read more

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Insect bite finger turning purple, should I be concerned?

Insect bite finger turning purple, should I be concerned?

Please have this: Medically evaluated now if a significant portion of the finger is turning purple. ...Read more

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My finger turns purple for no reason - what's going on?

My finger turns purple for no reason - what's going on?

You may have : A circulation problem with that finger. Suggest you have it medically evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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A wound in my finger. Worried because doesn't look good and has purple colour ?

A wound in my finger. Worried because doesn't look good and has purple colour ?

If you're concerned: see a local doctor. It is impossible to diagnose such a wound without seeing it. Hope this helps! ...Read more