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Purple bruises showing up 3 days after hand injury. is this normal?

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Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
A Verified Doctoranswered
Hand Surgery 16 years experience
Yes: This appears to be normal healing process after an injury called echymosis. A purple color a few days after an injury is followed by green, yellow and then brown color changes as the area continues to heal. These color changes are from small blood vessels that are injured. This process usually takes a week or 2 at most.
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
Bruises after injury: In most cases this is a normal response to injury. If you have pain or loss of movement - see a hand specialist.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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