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how long do bruises normally last?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Bruise: The amount of time it takes to heal is highly variable from person to person. For the first 24 hours, i would ice the effected area to minimize the spread of the bruise. After 48 hours, heat may be applied to allow the blood to disperse about the body.

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Can you help me understand the bruising associated with eds?

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Dr. Mike Moore
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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.
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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!
CA
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?
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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.
Augusta, GA
A 32-year-old female asked:

How long does a bruise normally last?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Longtime: Bruises can last for a longtime but if persists see doctor to see why.

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