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how long do bruises last? is it possible for them to stay forever?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 27 years experience
Bruises: Most bruises resolve within 4-6 weeks, some a bit longer. You can have permanent skin discoloration even after the injury has healed.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you help me understand the bruising associated with eds?

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Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Defect in tissue...: Ehlersdanlos syndrome (also known as "cutis hyperelastica") is an inherited tissue disorder caused by a defect in the body's synthesis of collagen. Collagen in connective tissue provided strength. In the skin, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels and organs, collagen plays a significant role and with increased elasticity they may not work right, leading to increased bruising.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are bruises dangerous?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
No.: For the most part, not dangerous at all. As they go away over 1-2 weeks they may turn a little yellowish, but that's normal. As long as the pain's going away also, there's nothing to worry about! cheers!
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Why might my bruises not be healing?

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Dr. Nick Morrison
Specializes in Phlebology
On blood thinners?: If you are on blood thinners, take a lot of Aspirin or Ibuprofen or advil (ibuprofen)... You may take longer for bruises to go away. Ask your family doctornif you can use natural products like arnica cremes or gels?
A 40-year-old member asked:

What kind of doctor, other than a primary care physician, should I see for severe & chronic bruising?

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Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Hematologist: I would start with your primary care physician. When i ask women if they "bruise easily" 95% say yes. Most bruising is not a blood problem, but a skin problem such as dry, thin skin. Some other skin conditions can cause this. Blood problems can include von willebrands disorder related to platelet or coagulation factor problems. Start with primary care, physical exam, and simple labs.
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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you bruise easy and stay bruised for long period of time?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Poor clottong: Blood vessels are fragile or platelet count is low. Suggest blood test for platelets, ptp and ppt with your primary.

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