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A 49-year-old member asked:

The phlebitis in my arms and vein now turned yellow and blue. is this normal?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Likely some bruising: Why was there phlebitis? Iv site? Like black eye the bruising will change color as the blood is absorbed.
Dr. Norman Bein
General Surgery 52 years experience
Yes: You are probably looking at blood in or outside your veins that has escaped normal circulation...Look at these areas as 'bruiss' where the pigment elements of the blood, when seen through the protein of the overlying skin looks green or blue ...As the issue resolves, yellow makes its appearance before complete fade-out occurs.
Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 48 years experience
Normal: Bruising goes through several stages. First it gets swollen and red , then it changes to a bluish tone, then it changes to a yellowish color as it starts to fade. This is a result of initial bleeding into the tissues and then as the blood starts to dissolve, the colors change. Phlebitis is a clot in a vein and what you describe seems to be more like a bruise than a phlebitis.

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