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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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2, 1" ovals on my back, purple with red tint. Look like bruise hickey but I don't know how they got there or how long they've been there?

2, 1" ovals on my back, purple with red tint. Look like bruise hickey but I don't know how they got there or how long they've been there?

New: Well the coloration indicates recent injury to the tissue. How? Not sure what you did. Just watch to see if resolves in about 1 week ...Read more

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When I scratch I get a hickey like bruise, and sometimes it blisters after looking that way. This is recent wondering what could cause this?

When I scratch I get a hickey like bruise, and sometimes it blisters after looking that way. This is recent wondering what could cause this?

See doctor: What you described is consistent with a blistering auto-immune disorder. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an examination and may be some tests to sort it out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing rash on chest. It started two weeks ago and they are now beginning to look a bit like bruises/hickeys. Help?

I am experiencing rash on chest. It started two weeks ago and they are now beginning to look a bit like bruises/hickeys. Help?

Nice try: Appreciate your trying to describe your rash, but you really have to be seen to be diagnosed. Duration of the rash also signals that you need to be examined. Please talk to your GP's office and ask if they want you to see a skin specialist, a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi. I got a scar on my neck due to hickey. I scratch it and bleeding, nw the wound already heal, no more bruise but dark scar appear for 2 mnths now : (

Hi. I got a scar on my neck due to hickey. I scratch it and bleeding, nw the wound already heal, no more bruise but dark scar appear for 2 mnths now : (

Show it to: Your doctor to make sure that the scar does not have chronic infection. If it is completely epithelialized (covered with skin), you should not be terribly concerned. Sometimes scar can take up to one year to heal. ...Read more

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I'm 20 years old. My aunt died of "spider" cancer. My question is can your bruises turn into cancerous tumors and could hickeys do the same?

I'm 20 years old. My aunt died of "spider" cancer. My question is can your bruises turn into cancerous tumors and could hickeys do the same?

NO: I have no idea what you mean by "spider" cancer but it may be some local term for the process. Many cancer patients will develop bruises at times during their chemo treatments or from the disease. Bruises or hickeys do not turn into cancer. Some collections of cancerous leukemia cells can appear to be bruises under the skin. ...Read more

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I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

I got hit behind the ear and I have a bruise that looks like a hickey. Hurts to shake my head side to side. Should I be worried or is it nothing?

Bone bruise: This sounds like a mild bone bruise that will be tender for several days. I wouldn't worry unless you have worsening headaches, dizziness, drowsines vomiting, or hearing problems. ...Read more

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My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

My boyfriend gave me a hickey on my neck about a week ago and there is now a large, hard lump beneath the bruised skin. It hurts to touch. What is it?

Hickey: A hickey is a discolored area on the skin that results when small blood vessels break under the skin, causing a type of bruise (purpura). The appearance will normally change in appearance and color over time. Small red dots (petechiae) may also appear. These types of injuries rarely scar, but may stay discolored for a fair amount of time. Cold compresses and Motrin or Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help pain. ...Read more

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Every few weeks I keep getting red/blue marks on my arms and face, they look like little hickeys/ bruises, what could it be? Thanks.

Every few weeks I keep getting red/blue marks on my arms and face, they look like little hickeys/ bruises, what could it be? Thanks.

See doctor: In an older person, skin damaged by sun may make one susceptible to bruises. In your age, you need a work-up to find out the cause. If you are taking asa even in small doses or fish oil supplement, consider stopping it for a few weeks and observe the effect on bruising. ...Read more

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My 19 mo old has had a few hickey like bruises onforearm. They appear at daycare. Unknown if injured. He does like to carry multiple things at once.

My 19 mo old has had a few hickey like bruises onforearm. They appear at daycare. Unknown if injured. He does like to carry multiple things at once.

Unlikely by carrying: It is unlikely that a toddler gets bruised up by carrying things, unless the toddler has a disorder causing easy-bruising (which would usually lead to many leg bruises because toddlers fall down and also run into lots of things). His pediatrician can examine the pattern and appearance of bruises, and perhaps come up with some ideas about them. ...Read more

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When do babies bruises, from birth, go away? My daughter is two months and still has bruising on her back and toosh.

When do babies bruises, from birth, go away? My daughter is two months and still has bruising on her back and toosh.

Bruises on back: What you are seing most properly are birthmarks called mongolian spots, which are more common in black, oriental and brown babies. These spots whic may look like bruises usually disappear by the time the baby is 1 year old. Discuss with your pediatrician at the next visit if that's what it is. If the baby was born normal delivery with head first, there is no reason for bruising, and will not last 2 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

How long does it take for a fractured rib take to heal on a 1-2 month old infant? And would there be any physical signs such as bruising on the skin?

Red flag: I must know whether this was an injury sustained during birth, and whether the diagnosis is made by a trusted radiologist. A rib fracture in an infant is deeply concerning for inflicted trauma. I would discuss this with a trusted physician / child health care team. Often we do not truly know even those closest to us. For your sake & junior's, address this. ...Read more

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I am extremely concerned about my infant baby develop small bruises on her back and stomach since she is now mobilizing in her baby walker.?

I am extremely concerned about my infant baby develop small bruises on her back and stomach since she is now mobilizing in her baby walker.?

See doctor: Bruises on the legs are common. Bruises on back and stomach are not. She should be checked by your pediatrician. Also walkers are no longer recommended because they cause injuries. ...Read more

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My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

Needs eval: Reddish lump in an infant could be a vascular swelling or abormality sometimes. It can also be bruising due to trauma. If is not not painful (diffult to tell in an infant) and no fever is present, swelling is usually not an infection. Make sure her pediatrician evaluates her swelling. ...Read more

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Nickle size bruise on inner left breast since yesterday--purple, red, yellow. Been Carrying babies Not sore Afraid of IBC. Does this sound like that?

Nickle size bruise on inner left breast since yesterday--purple, red, yellow. Been Carrying babies Not sore Afraid of IBC. Does this sound like that?

Contusion: Most likely a resolving contusion. Carrying children, especially squirmy ones may cause contusions and bruising. If this persists and there are other findings see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Is tender coconut good for babies below year..... Is it safe (once a day just small amount of 5spoons)?

Is tender coconut good for babies below year..... Is it safe (once a day just small amount of 5spoons)?

Maybe...: The fda is including coconut on its list of 'tree nuts', meaning you should not give coconut to your baby if he has been identified as having a "tree nut allergy." the food allergy and anaphylaxis network notes: allergic reactions to coconut are quite rare and the majority of the individuals reported as having experienced them were not allergic to other tree nuts. Check with your personal doc! ...Read more

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Is giving tender coconut water safe for babies less than 1 year or so...? I really care my baby boy. ..... :) :')

Is giving tender coconut water safe for babies less than 1 year or so...? I really care my baby boy. ..... :) :')

Feeding Babies: Yes, of course, as long as you are not substituting vital feedings and these calories with coconut water. Water like this must be used only in addition to regular feedings. ...Read more

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Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Scalp lesion?: The bones of the skull should have been fused for a very long time now (you are 26, right?). I suspect that what you are referring to is a superficial scalp lesion; however, the only way to determine is to be seen by a physician so that they can examine the area of concern and then treat accordingly. Take care of you can make an appointment. ...Read more

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Can you identify the possible cause of this type of pain and is there a way I can get it treated? I'm a 21 year old female who had a baby in 2008. Since the birth of my child I've had what I can only describe as phantom bruises all over my body. I get pai

Can you identify the possible cause of this type of pain and is there a way I can get it treated? I'm a 21 year old female who had a baby in 2008. Since the birth of my child I've had what I can only describe as phantom bruises all over my body. I get pai

You: You may be dealing with a condition called fibromyalgia. It is a syndrome that is characterized by widespread body pain. It is difficult to diagnose and treat. If possible resuest a consult with a rheumatologist. You may also want to consider accupuncture or accupressure. If you have any stress or anxiety that needs to be addressed as well.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have a mark on my arm from sucking on it as a small child. It looks like a hickey basically. What would happen if I tattooed over this mark?

I have a mark on my arm from sucking on it as a small child. It looks like a hickey basically. What would happen if I tattooed over this mark?

Doubt it: If you have a mark there, I doubt it has anything to do with your teething/sucking habits as a baby. Those all heal if the skin is normal. You likely have congenital skin defect or nevus. These often have irregular depth and a collection of blood vessels underneath. If you know an experienced tattoo artist they can look at the skin and let you know how well a tattoo would take/cover it. ...Read more

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Can medical professionals tell what type of bruise it is from pictures?

Can medical professionals tell what type of bruise it is from pictures?

Most cannot: Most medical professionals are not trained to identify wounds and what caused them. Forensic pathologists have this training, but there are not many around the country. ...Read more

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What types of bug bites leave bruises?

What types of bug bites leave bruises?

Bites can leave mark: Excessive scratching or rubbing of any bug bite can lead to the bite becoming red or bruised. It is also common for a discolored mark to be left over after the bug bite has healed. The marks usually fade with time or can be treated with a fading cream, if necessary. ...Read more

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Can a baby's face get bruised from crying too hard or too much?

Can a baby's face get bruised from crying too hard or too much?

Never seen it: I've been looking at fussy kids professionally for > 3 decades & never seen facial bruising from crying. I've seen a few caused by slapping when a babies crying made the caregiver lose his/her cool. ...Read more

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My 6 month baby fell down from bed with no visible bruises. Should I be worried?

My 6 month baby fell down from bed with no visible bruises. Should I be worried?

Not really: It is likely to happen a lot at that age! He will be learning to stand and to fall!

if cut, bleeding, unconscious or serious issue, seek help. ...Read more

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My baby keeps giving herself hickies which turn into huge bruises. Is there anyway to make her stop?

My baby keeps giving herself hickies which turn into huge bruises. Is there anyway to make her stop?

Yes: She may be sucking on her arms or elsewhere because she "needs" to suck. One easy solution would be to introduce a pacifier, so she won't keep "bruising" herself. ...Read more

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