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I have red spots that turn into bruises, for example, I had one on my arm that is small but the ones on my legs are more prominent. Is there any cause?

I have red spots that turn into bruises, for example, I had one on my arm that is small but the ones on my legs are more prominent. Is there any cause?

Suspicious but can't: Bleeding into skin can produce bruises. It can be due to one of two causes. In older folks (tell your age...it is important to relay this info) the skin becomes more fragile and blood vessels are then poorl;y supported agains friction, so they can break and ooze blood under the skin. Seconly any platelet (It is a type of blood cell)abnormality can increase the risk of bruising. Aspirin can do it ...Read more

Red Spots (Definition)

One possibility for red spots is a collection of vessels in the skin and they are called hemangiomas. These can easily be treated. I usually will use ...Read more


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Why do I have red spots on my arm that hurt like a bruise?

Why do I have red spots on my arm that hurt like a bruise?

Don't know: I don't know why you have spots on your arm without taking more history and seeing them. The information you provided is not enough to make diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you advise about 3 red spots on my forearm that appear like bruises or bites? They don't hurt or itch, & I've been wearing long sleeves all day.

Can you advise about 3 red spots on my forearm that appear like bruises or bites? They don't hurt or itch, & I've been wearing long sleeves all day.

No: You would need to be examined for anyone to offer an informed opinion about these. However, if they are bites they will most likely disappear in a day or two. Good luck! ...Read more

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I noticed a bruise on my left arm and I'm not sure where it came from. It also has several small red spots on it. Is this normal or cause for concern?

I noticed a bruise on my left arm and I'm not sure where it came from. It also has several small red spots on it. Is this normal or cause for concern?

Ecchymosis: Ecchymosis or "bruising" is a small soft tissue bleed usually as a result of trauma. Small red spots are sometimes identified as petechia, which is a hemorrhage of small blood vessels. Sometimes these findings can be indicative of disease, in other cases they are normal. ...Read more

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Small bruise with red spots appeared out of nowhere, don't recall injury. I made a dr appt--petechiae worry me. Did I act too quickly? What can dr do?

Small bruise with red spots appeared out of nowhere, don't recall injury. I made a dr appt--petechiae worry me. Did I act too quickly? What can dr do?

Your physician will: Examine your entire body, check your CBC, coagulation studies and metabolic function. You did NOT act too quickly. ...Read more

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I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

I have flat, red spots on my leg. It isn't a bruise & it isn't a rash. It doesn't itch either. I don't know its there. What could it be?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My mom is diabetic and fell and her foot is bruised and has red spots?

My mom is diabetic and fell and her foot is bruised and has red spots?

See her podiatrist.: She should be checked out to make sure she heals properly from her fall. Podiatrists can also provide nail care, check ups, wound care (trimming callus and dead tissue away), write antibiotic prescriptions if necessary (oral, or topical for use on wounds), perform surgery, and get you custom diabetic inserts and shoes to avoid future problems. ...Read more

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Random red spots on body, look like bruises when heal and look like small petichiae around it. Very itchy and look pale when scratched, usually in 2's?

Random red spots on body, look like bruises when heal and look like small petichiae around it. Very itchy and look pale when scratched, usually in 2's?

Red spots: Need more information and description size, number, tenderness any new medications, are you on asprin, or any anti coagulate medications, any recent infections It sounds like Erythema Nodosum: for which there are many causes----you should have your Doctor examine you ...Read more

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2 small bruises under skin on thigh, w few red spots like I scratched too hard. Carrying bags that hit skin, not hard. Didn't scratch. What is it?

2 small bruises under skin on thigh, w few red spots like I scratched too hard. Carrying bags that hit skin, not hard. Didn't scratch. What is it?

Irritation?: Admittedly, it's a bit hard to figure out by that description. Could be irritation. Could be from a scratch. Could be folliculitis. Could be bruises unrelated to the bags but perhaps a few days old. ...Read more

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Have red spots on my skin that go away after a day or two but come up on different parts of the body especially after playing sports. Bruising also?

Have red spots on my skin that go away after a day or two but come up on different parts of the body especially after playing sports. Bruising also?

Be seen: I would be seen and evaluated for a possible coagulopathy. Bruising is essentially bleeding in the soft tissues; and what you are describing with the red spots could also be associated with spontaneous bleeding. It might be a good idea to be seen just to make sure you don't have a blood disorder; not to say you have one, but it would be wise to be seen. ...Read more

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What should I do ER or my dr tomorrow I have a bruise looking mark with red spots on the right side of back and another one starting on my left upper arm

What should I do ER or my dr tomorrow I have a bruise looking mark with red spots on the right side of back and another one starting on my left upper arm

Without: Without being able to examine you or ask more questions, it's impossible to tell what is going on or how serious it is. You should call your doctor's office and ask for advice. Almost all doctors' offices have after-hours medical advice lines run by nurses or physicians and they will be able to direct you either to the er, or instruct you to wait for an appointment in the morning. ...Read more

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Two red spots (size of dimes) on arm; doesn't hurt or itch. Bed bugs or is there other causes for random bruising in the same spot?

Two red spots (size of dimes) on arm; doesn't hurt or itch. Bed bugs or is there other causes for random bruising in the same spot?

Red spots on arms: Could be eczema, fungal rash (ringworm), bite, brouise or beginning of low platelet (usually on more then arms)s May consider topical steriod and antifungal and f/u with doc urgent care for CBC and platelet count. ...Read more

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Saw 2 red spots on arm last night; doesn't hurt or itch. Is it bed bugs or is there other cause for random bruising in the same spot?

Saw 2 red spots on arm last night; doesn't hurt or itch. Is it bed bugs or is there other cause for random bruising in the same spot?

Prob not Bed bugs: These are INTENSELY itchy, and typically occur on the legs though not always. Without seeing the spots not possible to diagnose. They could be bites. If they are bruises they will go away. If they are tiny and red might be cherry angiomas. ...Read more

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I have itchy red spots at the top of my thigh that have turned into bruising looks like I have been beaten up on my leg.?

I have itchy red spots at the top of my thigh that have turned into bruising looks like I have been beaten up on my leg.?

Itch & bruising: If you have unexplained bruising, please see your doctor. Several possibilities for itching and bruising of isolated spots on body. Scratching an itchy spot can produce bruises, particularly if you occasionally take nsaids, fish oil, vitamin e and other blood thinners. There is also a skin condition called pigmented purpura, inflammation of the smallest blood vessels, which can be itchy. ...Read more

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What would cause tiny red spots to develop all over legs, these bled when I shaved, would it be side effect of mexthotrexate, bruising as well?

What would cause tiny red spots to develop all over legs, these bled when I shaved, would it be side effect of mexthotrexate, bruising as well?

YEs it can: Yes this can certainly be attributed to methotrexate. Check with your physician. A simple blood test may tell all.
Don;t forget to tell your physician all the meidcations - prescription and non-prescription- you may be taking. ...Read more

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Why do I suddenly get bruised easier than usual? I also have these weird red spots on my legs and I get nosebleeds more often than I usually do. Why?

Why do I suddenly get bruised easier than usual? I also have these weird red spots on my legs and I get nosebleeds more often than I usually do. Why?

Blood thinner?: You need to see your doctor. Are you on a blood thinner? He/she will test your blood and help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Small bruise w red spots on thigh, origin uncertain. Clotting/healing/period all normal. My dr did a CBC just in case, & I'm nervous. Possible results?

Small bruise w red spots on thigh, origin uncertain. Clotting/healing/period all normal. My dr did a CBC just in case, & I'm nervous. Possible results?

Do not worry: It is unlikely that there is anything wrong. The doctor is doing the test, more than likely, to reassure you. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My mom is diabetic and fell and bruised her foot and knee with a couple of red spots?

My mom is diabetic and fell and bruised her foot and knee with a couple of red spots?

Have it evaluated.: Diabetics may develop numbness over the years and may not have normal pain perception. Have her evaluated and make sure she does not have any underlying injuries. ...Read more

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I get random small round red spots or small round bruises on different areas of my arms and legs what causes this? I can email a pic if anyone wants2c

Bruises and red spot: It sound likeyou aregetting petchia and or ecchymoses. You should consult your internist or ahematologist to rule out a blood or clotting problem. ...Read more

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I have these very tiny red spots the size of fire ants all on my upper arms. Huge painless "bruise" on my one upper arm. Could these be from bed bugs?

I have these very tiny red spots the size of fire ants all on my upper arms. Huge painless "bruise" on my one upper arm. Could these be from bed bugs?

Picture=1000 words: W/o a seasoned doctor taking a look or picture of the lesion, it is hard to say what it could be. A lot depends on answers to questions he/she may pose: do you have a new or old mattress? Do u use any chemical / cosmetics? Any medical problems that run in ur family? Any other signs/symptoms (weight loss, etc.)? It could be benign (insect bite, petechiae) or it could be a sign of something ominous. ...Read more

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My son is 4 months old. He was taking a nap in my arms, when he had woke up I noticed he had a raised bruise that covered his shin with red spots.

My son is 4 months old. He was taking a nap in my arms, when he had woke up I noticed he had a raised bruise that covered his shin with red spots.

See below: Is it a bruise or a raised red welt? If the areas are actual red/purple bruises, then get the child seen now, especially if fussy, febrile, or any breathing problems. ...Read more

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Continuous bruising and red spots that look like blood vessels that burst on legs for no reason blood works normal what could it be?

Continuous bruising and red spots that look like blood vessels that burst on legs for no reason blood works normal what could it be?

Telangiectasias.: Fine broken blood vessels on the surface of the skin do not indicate any systemic problems which is good. However, if you are interested in treating what is likely a genetic predisposition, the treatment for this is considered cosmetic in nature and can be addressed with the use of laser technology. ...Read more

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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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Bruising (Definition)

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